Mental illness includes major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders. About 6 percent, or one in 17 Americans, live with the most serious disorders such as schizophrenia. Less than a third of adults and less than half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, according to NAMI.
"We know that with early detection, appropriate treatment and support from family and friends, people with mental illness can lead healthy, rewarding lives," said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director.
NAMI provides a number of resources and support including:
Mental illness can affect anyone at any time. Treatment works, but only when those who are affected seek help. The entire community benefits when it recognizes the importance of mental health to everyone’s well-being and overall health.
Allsup is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week with free posters available to hospitals, clinics and other community groups by calling Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 5770.