National Mental Illness Week
Mental Illness can take on many forms. Depression. Anxiety. Eating Disorders. From moodiness to an inability to get out of bed, symptoms of mental illness don’t look the same from person to person. The different disorders can be hard to understand.
That’s where Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is October 6th through the 12th, comes in. It was established by Congress back in 1990, thanks to the efforts of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI now joins with other mental health advocates across the country to sponsor activities for public education about mental illness. This includes the annual NAMI Walk (now in its 7th year in Pittsburgh). This walk raises awareness and funding for the one in four adults across the country suffering from some form of mental illness each year.
As with any illness, treatment is key. Unfortunately, NAMI says about 60% of adults suffering from mental illness did not receive any mental health services in the last year. The affects of mental illness…can be deadly. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24. NAMI Studies have shown more than 90% of all people who commit suicide suffer from at least one or more mental disorders.
One way to start on the path to treatment is through free screenings for some of the various forms of mental illness. Thursday October 10th is National Depression Screening Day. According to Screening for Mental Health, NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that provides referrals for treatment. Click here to take a free anonymous health screening online.
If you’d like to help those suffering from mental illness, you can take a step in the right direction by signing up for the NAMI 5k Walk in Pittsburgh. It is being held on Sunday, October 13th at 9 a.m. in SouthSide Works. Ohio Valley General Hospital-Willow Brook Geropsychiatric Unit is a proud sponsor of the event. You can register for the walk here.
Understanding. Support. Treatment. These are all goals you can help meet this National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Join OVGH in the cause today!