Mental health is an essential component of proper overall health. It affects our well-being, longevity, and quality of life as much as any other aspect of our health. Millions of Americans live with mental health disorders, and we all know, love, or work alongside someone coping with mental health challenges. Annually since 1990, during the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week provides an opportunity for participants and supporters to raise awareness, fight stigma and discrimination, and create change. By normalizing the conversation around mental illness, more people who need help will find their way to a mental health treatment program and start receiving the help they need.
TruHealing Centers offer a residential mental health treatment program that provides the support people may need, with or without coordinated addiction recovery treatment. To learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3-9, 2021) or how our team can help you or a loved one with mental health treatment, reach out by calling [Direct] or using our online form.
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Matters of mental health must be a top priority throughout the year. The more we engage others in meaningful conversations about mental health, mental health treatment, and facts about mental illness, the more we keep lines of communication open and help people feel comfortable about seeking help.
Unlike most other illnesses, mental illness is stigmatized to the great detriment of those who suffer, require care, or worry about a loved one’s mental health status. A nationally recognized Mental Illness Awareness Week that highlights facts and information about mental illness provides us all with the opportunity to move the needle on stigma. During the first week of October, there is ample opportunity for advocacy and education as well as supporting unity and solidarity among mental health providers and those they treat.
Be Aware of Important Mental Health Facts
Some facts to be aware of as we approach Mental Illness Awareness Week include:
- One in five American adults experience a mental health disorder each year
- One in twenty American adults experience a serious mental health disorder each year
- One in six young people between six and 17 in America experience a mental health disorder each year
- More than 40% of LGBTQ American adults are affected by mental illness
By comparison, half as many people per year are diagnosed with diabetes as are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Yet, for several decades, diabetes has made headlines as a national health crisis. Fortunately, awareness campaigns such as Mental Illness Awareness Week have helped push mental health further into the spotlight. Government agencies are paying greater attention, more funds are being allocated for research and treatment, and conversations are taking place more often by more people and in more areas.
Mental Health Treatment at TruHealing Centers
If you or someone you care about suffers from any mental health disorders, don’t pretend that the problem will go away on its own. Mental health counseling at TruHealing Centers can benefit everyone. Whether you seek a licensed mental health therapist to schedule a screening session or think you may need residential treatment to get a solid start on the road to healing, learn more about what your options are. Taking the first step is challenging but is often the moment you look back on as the one that changed your life.
At TruHealing Centers, we treat mental health alongside addiction but also when mental illness does not co-occur with addiction. Either way, we have the evidence-based treatment you need, provided by a top-notch staff of caring, experienced mental health professionals. We know it can be terrifying to reach out a hand for help, but if you do that, we promise we’ll help you through all the next steps, so it seems less daunting.
Honor Mental Illness Awareness Week with TruHealing Centers
Our TruHealing Centers team honors Mental Illness Awareness Week every week of the year with our comprehensive care for mental health issues. If you or a loved one may benefit from our outstanding mental health treatment, reach out to our team today by calling [Direct] or completing our online form.