Mental Health Matters

Chances are you know someone with mental illness. In a given year, 1 in 4 adults may have one or more diagnosable mental disorders (National Institutes of Health). That makes it pretty common. So common that it could be your neighbor, co-worker, family member . . . even you someday . . . facing the challenge of dealing with a mental illness.

So why is it also so common for people with mental illness to feel isolated or miss getting the treatment they need? Stigma.

Many people with mental illness say that the stigma associated with it is worse than the disorder itself. Myths about mental illness contribute to stigma, which in turn can prevent those who are living with one from seeking help. This is tragic because mental health is essential to overall health, treatment is effective and recovery is possible.

pledge-wallMental illness is a treatable condition. Fortunately, so is the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Take the pledge to end the stigma by starting a conversation. It’s time to talk about mental health issues.

Get educated about mental health. Learn facts and dispel myths by taking a Mental Health First Aid or QPR Suicide Prevention course with the MHA. You can learn how to recognize when someone may be experiencing mental health challenges and how to refer them to treatment when needed. Click the button (left) to learn more about upcoming classes and events.