This month, we recognize Mental Health Month. In the United States, one in five Americans is impacted by a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime. During May and throughout the year, it’s important to help overcome the stigma of mental illness, provide support and educate others.
Get The Facts On Mental Illness
Mental illness is often thought of as something that happens to someone else or another family. It’s frequently hidden or not discussed. However, the reality is that it strikes nearly every family at some point. Here are some facts that indicate its prevalence:
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the United States experiences a serious mental illness in any given year that interferes with or limits major life activities.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.
- In the United States, 1.1% of adults live with schizophrenia, and 2.6% live with bipolar disorder.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who have a substance abuse disorder, more than half also have co-occurring mental illness.
The Importance Of Mental Illness Treatment
Serious mental illness costs Americans nearly $200 billion in lost earnings every year. It is a costly and potentially fatal condition that requires proactive professional treatment. In cases where there is also addiction, treatment for the co-occurring disorders can be provided within a professional program that addresses the addiction and the underlying causes which are often depression and/or anxiety. With this multi-faceted approach, both the addiction and the mental illness can be treated.
The dangers of not treating mental health issues are substantial. U.S. adults with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, often due to treatable medical conditions. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in U.S. Those who also suffer from addiction are at risk of overdosing or developing serious illness because of drug or alcohol abuse.
Where To Get Help For Mental Illness
There is a wide variety of treatment options for those suffering from mental illness. It’s important to check with your health insurance provider to determine the best source to meet your needs. If you do not have health insurance, there are many state, county and private options available. If you have a loved one who is struggling with both addiction and mental illness, an intervention is often the first step in getting them the help they need. To learn more about professional interventions, call Family First Intervention now.
Mental illness still carries a stereotype. Help break the stigma by talking about and spreading awareness of mental health issues as well as addiction now! Share this blog with friends, family members and colleagues.