myTalk 107.1 celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month in May
presented by CARE Counseling
presented by CARE Counseling
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, ranging from major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others. The consequences and impact of mental illness are vast and the treatment options do not yet match the need that exists. But there are ways to get help which include talking to your doctor, connecting with individuals and family, and learning more about mental illness. We’ve compiled some facts and resources to share with our audience as we acknowledge and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental Health by the Numbers:
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, over 50% had a co-occurring mental illness
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life (See more info and Warning Signs for Children & Teens HERE)
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 10–34; More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.
- LGBTQ individuals are 2 or more times more likely as straight individuals to have a mental health condition.
- Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.
- Depression: Depression is when you feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless for days or weeks at a time and it keeps you from living your life to the fullest.
Learn more about Depression
- Anxiety: Anxiety is normal and it can motivate you to work hard and perform well. However, excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control and interferes with everyday activities may be a sign of something more serious.
Learn more about Anxiety
- Grief & Loss: Grief is a natural response that occurs when you lose someone or something that’s important to you, such as the death of a family member or friend, divorce, or retirement.
Learn more about Grief & Loss
- Addiction: Addiction literally changes how the brain works and changes chosen behaviors to compulsive actions.
Learn more about addiction
- Children & Adolescents: Parents often feel frustrated and sometime inadequate with not knowing how to help…
Learn more about child psychology
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Mental Health America Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
Minnesota’s MHA affiliate Mental Health Minnesota’s mission is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness.
Mental Health Resources Mental Health Resources (MHR) is a progressive, nonprofit organization that offers community-based mental health and substance use disorder services to adults recovering from serious mental illness.
Hazleden Betty Ford Addiction Treatment Facilities: The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider that offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults.