This week there has been some media attention on the fact that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. A good portion of that coverage has been due to the Mayor of New York City’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio, who received an award from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for setting a good example for other young adults with behavioral health difficulties. Chiara had previously received attention for speaking out about her recovery, and now also published an essay about her struggles with depression and addiction.
Many behavioral health problems often go undiagnosed and untreated. Roughly 20 percent of adults experience some form of mental illness in a given year. There is a bright side though, as many of these can either be temporary or be effectively treated to reduce and even eliminate the symptoms.
President Obama joined the efforts by issuing a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month. Among multiple other statements, the President included, “we reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment, and ensuring those who are struggling to know they are not alone.”
The connection between substance abuse and mental health has been demonstrated time and again, which is why more and more rehabilitation programs now include treatments for both. There is often a dual diagnosis issue that must be addressed.
If you have a loved one in need of health for a dual diagnosis problem, contact us today to learn more about effective treatments and to find a successful program.