Education and Resources
Mental illness is a national crisis and our treatment of the mentally ill is a national disgrace.
-Senator Edward M. Kennedy
The path to mental health begins with knowledge. In the U.S. alone, mental illness impacts 1 in 4 families. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or severe depression affect 12 to 16 million Americans. In the United States, mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature mortality, and the cost of mental health problems is estimated to be a staggering $20 billion per year.
Stigma and fear compound the already difficult and complex problems faced by people who are ill and those who support them-their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and service providers. Stigma, attitudes of fear, and discrimination against those with psychiatric disabilities have their roots in lack of information and lack of understanding. This is why we so desperately need to educate ourselves so we can educate others.
Depression and bipolar disorder, once known as depression and manic depression, are two of the best-known conditions within the spectrum of mood disorders. But mood disorders can take other forms, too, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety and co-occurring mental disorders. These mental health conditions often go hand in hand with physical health concerns.
The first step to recovery is to understand your illness and to educate yourself about the things you can do to get effective treatment and ultimately mental wellness. For more information visit the following websites: