Each year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) dedicates a week to the promotion and prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental health. SACK would like to use this week to provide additional awareness surrounding the work our coalition has done as well are increase awareness about the resources that are available in our community.
Today, Monday, May 14th the spotlight is on Mental Health & Wellness!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI educates, advocates, listen and leads. They are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. NAMI is working to end the stigma! Do you have Stigma? Take the quiz here. Take the pledge here.
Have you heard of the Region 7E Adult Mental Health Initiative? The East Central Adult Mental Health Initiative is a coalition of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine County governments. The purpose of the coalition is intended to serve our communities as a regional source promoting awareness, providing information and resources related to mental health.
There is a plethora of information and resources about mental health on their website! Click here to visit their website.
Not only is today, Mental Health and Wellness promotion day during prevention week, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month!
Mental Health by the Number
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
- An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
- 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
- Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44
To view more Mental Health by the numbers, click the info-graph links below.