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Monarch joins national campaign to support Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 6-12, 2013

Monarch joins the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Illness Awareness Week 10-13 copy2other organizations and millions of individuals to support Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 6-12, 2013. This is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This year's message: "It's Time to Speak Out!"

One in four adults and one in five young people between the ages of 13 and 18 experiences a mental health problem each year, according to NAMI. Less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment.

“Mental illness does not discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time,” said Daniel Brown, MSW, LCSW, Monarch’s chief clinical officer. Brown and so many others believe it’s time to make a difference through dialogue about mental illness throughout our communities nationwide.

Millions of people are impacted by mental illness, according to facts provided by NAMI:

• About 42 million Americans live with anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). • About 15 million live with major depression. • About 6 million live with bipolar disorder. • About 2.6 million live with schizophrenia.

Information about specific illnesses, diagnosis and treatment options is available at www.nami.org. Other additional important resources about mental health. To learn more, visit:

Mental Health First Aid – www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org Mental Health America – www.mentalhealthamerica.net/ National Institute of Mental Health – www.nimh.nih.gov Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) – www.samhsa.gov/  or www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/  

You too can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. If you or someone you know needs mental health services, please call Monarch at (866) 272-7826 for more information or to schedule an appointment.   Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                           ###

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