One in four adults has a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. That is nearly 60 million people. Mental health conditions are common (in fact, they are the leading cause of disability in the U.S.), but they are also treatable. Individuals can recover from mental health disorders and go on to lead full and productive lives.
Too many people who are living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it. It is estimated that as many as 50 percent of individuals living with a mental health condition never seek or receive treatment for their condition.
Mental health is essential to an individual’s overall health and well-being. Events and changes can seriously impact people, whether it’s a veteran struggling with the invisible wounds of war or someone coping with the stress of caregiving, divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, people are dealing with depression associated with a chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer or hypertension. Traumatic events such as the Boston Marathon Bombings can also take a huge toll on an individual’s mental health.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. “Pathways toWellness” is a national campaign sponsored by Mental Health America that calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.
To find resources online, visit mentalhealthamerica.net