Mental and physical health are closely intertwined and can determine whether we live a healthy or unhealthy life. And when mental health declines, we tend to see the world differently. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that over 20% of adults in the United States experienced mental illness in 2019—and less than half of those adults received treatment. Why does this matter? Consider how mental illness tends to affect our lives when untreated:
- Adults with mental illness have a higher rate of unemployment.
- High school students with symptoms of depression are 2x more likely to drop out of school compared to their peers.
- Mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings.
- Over 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the world.
“You Are Not Alone” is the 2021 Message to Promote and Prioritize Mental Health
Since 1949, the United States has been observing Mental Health Awareness Month each May. Although mental illness doesn’t have the stigma it once did, there is still a lot of work needed to spread the word about the importance of mental health. Some people still believe that depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses should be hidden away and not discussed. But, with growing acceptance, there’s never been a better time to acknowledge that it’s okay to not be okay.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us realize the importance of connectivity. You are not alone and there is support and help when you don’t feel okay. Here are some available resources when you or a loved one needs help with mental health:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK—available 24/7
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: Chat online, text 838255 or call 1-800-273-8255—available 24/7
- NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264 (Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm ET); text “NAMI” to 741841—available 24/7
- LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564—confidential peer-support for the LGBT community of all ages
- National Council on Aging: Information for seniors and caregivers
- US Dept. of Health and Human Services: Resources for adolescent mental health
- Jed Foundation: Suicide prevention for teens and college students
Find Treatment for Mental Health and Learn to Live Your Best
Mental Health America reports an increase in mental illness among adults even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicidal ideation is increasing among adults, and youth are experiencing more depression and anxiety. Understand that you are not alone and choose to get the care you need and deserve. Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to talk about mental health, whether you’re feeling disconnected, lonely or anxious, or need help for substance abuse or other challenges. Get the support you need to live a healthier life, both physically and emotionally. Bear River Mental Health has effective mental health treatments customized to your needs. Contact us today to begin recovery.