Today (May 11, 2017) the Idaho Division of Behavioral Health hosted an event recognizing Mental Health Awareness month and several Idahoans who are working to support recovery and end the stigma about mental illness. So, let’s talk about the reality of mental health. Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little presented the 2017 Mental Health Awareness month proclamation at a public event in the Idaho Statehouse May 11, 2017. Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, which is challenging enough. Add to that the stigma associated with mental illness, and it can cause people to avoid help and treatment. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to talk about it and help put an end to the stigma about mental health issues. How many people really are dealing with a mental illness? Generally, 1 in 5 adults and children have a diagnosable mental illness. That makes mental illness more common than cancer, diabetes, or even heart disease, and … [Read more...] about Mental illness is normal in our society, and it’s also normal to have a life of recovery
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Belfast mum Michelle Bradley on motherhood and mental illness BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It's expected to be the happiest time for new mums. But for many women across the world, they instead find themselves plunged into the darkest time. Thousands of women every year in Northern Ireland are impacted by mental health issues in the period before and after birth. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/belfast-mum-michelle-bradley-on-motherhood-and-mental-illness-37953638.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37953635.ece/14a60/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-27_new_49060922_I1.JPG Email It's expected to be the happiest time for new mums. But for many women across the world, they instead find themselves plunged into the darkest time. Thousands of women every year in Northern Ireland are impacted by mental health issues in the period before and after birth. Perinatal mental illness is the umbrella term for a number of psychological disorders that affect … [Read more...] about Belfast mum Michelle Bradley on motherhood and mental illness
Naturally,as a therapist I have always been a proponent of people disclosing and feeling comfortable enough to speak out about their emotional anguish, writes Jason Hanson, a Mansfield counsellor. In western, contemporary UK society we are beginning to see a decrease in the stigma attached to mental illness. However, this stigma still exists and sadly some people are still suffering in silence, resulting, in the more extreme cases, of people taking their own lives.I often reflect on why society is accepting of physiological illnesses such as cancer, but is less forgiving when it comes to an invisible illness.Perhaps I have just answered my own question there – a section of society struggles to comprehend that which has no visibility.It is therefore imperative as a society we grasp the very simple concept that physical and mental illness can have the same catastrophic consequences.I recently came across an article where a celebrity had been castigated via social media due to … [Read more...] about People urged to speak out more over mental illness and not suffer in silence
September is National Recovery Month, and it’s a good time to talk about mental illness and substance use disorders so we can help fight the stigma associated with them. For people to seek treatment, they need to feel comfortable talking about mental health and substance use disorders. But stigma and a fear of being judged make that difficult. Recovery is an ongoing process that includes a person’s entire mental well-being, as well as how well they can function on a daily basis. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not guaranteed that someone will stay in recovery once they’ve achieved it. It is a life-long process that depends on many things, including robust recovery support systems. People who have a good support system are better able to maintain recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has identified four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: Health: Making informed, healthy choices that support … [Read more...] about It’s National Recovery Month. Will you help fight the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders?
This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to learn about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. They affect all communities. One in four adults experiences a mental disorder in any given year. Of Texas' approximately 24.3 million residents, close to 833,000 adults and about 288,000 children live with serious mental health conditions.This week is especially important, as severe budget cuts threaten mental health services in many communities in the state. The costs of cutting state mental health budgets are high. People who do not receive treatment end up in hospitals, shelters, in jail or dead.With the 2010 election on the horizon, there needs to be public dialogue about mental illness, and political candidates need to hear that mental health gets our vote.Ashley Zugelter, Dallas … [Read more...] about Mental illness awareness