This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week so how appropriate that we spotlight this topic today. The National Association of Mental Illness, NAMI, is running a series of videos and blogs this week to hear the lived experiences of individuals who face the stigma of mental illness every day. Reducing the stigma of mental illness is so important in order for us to move forward with everyone getting the care that they deserve.
There are some statistics on the site that cover many aspects of the demographics of who is impacted by this. If you look at them carefully, you will see that you are in contact with someone in all of these groups every day. You never know who is struggling with mental illness so be KIND to everyone who crosses your path.
Some of the statistics show that:
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
Take the time to educate yourself. Maybe someone in your household is struggling with this at this time. If you are the one in need of these services, reach out and schedule an appointment. There is NO shame in admitting this. In this time of COVID you have many options available on how to receive care. In-person or Telehealth visits are now available all across the country. This is one of the great things that has come out of these trying times.
If you have lost your job and no longer have insurance coverage, there are many sources available where you can receive services for free or for reduced costs. Please know that you are not alone.
Read up. Reach out to your primary care physician. Reach out to someone. Reach out to me if you don’t know where to start. The hardest step is the first one. Visit nami.org to see the great resources that are available to you.
REDUCE THE STIGMA…