Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the efforts led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise mental illness awareness. This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) was observed Oct. 7-13 and always provides an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in five people experience a mental illness. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic illness. On average, people living with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the rest of the population. One reason is that less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment. The good news is that treatment does work and recovery is possible.
“Mental illness is common, it is treatable and individuals go on to recover and lead full and productive lives,” said Monarch’s Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Brown, MSW, LCSW. “Too many people living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost or lack of health insurance coverage.”
When mental healthcare isn’t available in a community, the results often are lost jobs and careers, broken families, more homelessness, and much more expensive costs for hospital emergency rooms, nursing homes, schools, police and even courts, jails and prisons.
Monarch offers a variety of behavioral health services, group therapy sessions, psychiatric assessments, medication management and other related-support services in Anson, Bladen, Columbus, Cabarrus, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties.