Facts to know about mental illness

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  • 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition.
  • The number of American adults with a mental health condition is more than the combined populations of New York and Florida.
  • More than 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.
  • 80 percent of youth suffering from depression receive no treatment or insufficient treatment.
  • 56 percent of American adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment.
  • Mental illnesses are biologically based and not related to “willpower,” character or intelligence.

Mental illness is a steadily rising issue, affecting millions of people of all ages each year. Depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – these are just a few of the many mental health challenges people face.

And any one of these can profoundly disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life.

Many of the mental health challenges people face can be successfully treated through combinations of counseling, group therapy and/or medicine, but all-too-often these challenges go unaddressed.

Sometimes a person does not realize that the symptoms they’re experiencing could be part of a larger issue; sometimes a person recognizes something may be going on, but they’re afraid of having a “stigma” of mental illness; and sometimes a person can’t afford to see a professional.

Without treatment, though, the consequences of mental health challenges can be significant, including unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration and even suicide.

That’s why United Way of Williamson County collaborates with community partners such as Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Living and Learning, Family and Children’s Service (Survivors of Suicide and Crisis Center), The Refuge Center for Counseling and the Sexual Assault Center to provide individuals with access to mental health treatment options.

Oct 10, 2017 | Health

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