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Family Mental Health Awareness

Family Mental Health Awareness Is Urgent

Mental health awareness has never been more urgent. In a given year, estimates show one in four adults experience mental illness and approximately 20 percent of 13- to 18-year-olds. For 8- to 15-year-olds, the estimate is 13 percent. Sadly, many never get the help they need. Studies show 60 percent of adults, and almost half of 8-to 15-year-old children with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. Many families simply do not recognize the signs or know where to turn to get help. So the problems go undetected and untreated, often leading to a lifetime of pain and suffering for the person struggling and everyone around them. This lack of awareness is heart wrenchingly evident in the fact that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. And, further that at least 90% of these young people have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse or a behavior problem. The lack of awareness is literally killing us. But, with awareness, we have the power to change. Because realities change when cultures change and the reality with mental illness is that it’s real, painful and, most of all, treatable. (Source: NAMI)