October 5 to October 11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the first full week of October, people across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.
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I had no idea what to expect when going to a treatment center....”
A recent graduate of Vinland National Center's residential substance use disorder treatment center describes how Vinland was different for him.
Vinland had the focus on whole-body healing – physical, emotional, mental. I think that is really important. I get to help people by using the positive attitude.”
In 1988, Cole was on vacation with his wife when he was rushed to the hospital for a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was lucky to survive, but unfortunately the stroke caused permanent brain damage.
Vinland was able to address issues other than just chemical dependency. They worked with me on my brain injuries and PTSD issues. I was treated as a whole person.”
In 1995, Kerry was leaving a bar when he was hit on the head with a baseball bat. The injury resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was diagnosed with an additional brain injury.