Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth age 6-17 experience a mental disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, & 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people age 10-34
Each mental health illness has its own symptoms, but common signs that should never be ignored in adults and children can include the following:
Excessive worrying or fear
Feeling excessively sad or low
Extreme mood changes
Problems concentrating and learning
Physical ailments without obvious causes such as headaches, “aches and pains”
Changes in school performance
Self-harm and thoughts of suicide
Mental health stigma causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control and it prevents people from seeking the help they need.
We can all fight the Mental Health Stigma by talking openly about mental health and suicide, education yourself and others, be conscious of language, be honest about treatment and show compassion.
There is help for you or someone you care about who is suffering with mental health issues.
First thing is to reach out and stay connected. Talk to a mental health provider or the following numbers to get help.
Calling the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at 1-800-950-6264 or Text “NAMI” to 741741
Calling 211 to find local services and get help today
Calling the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Text “HOME” to 741741 for a crisis counselor
Things you can try on your own:
Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it.
Care for a pet
Practice relaxation techniques such as mediation, deep breathing and yoga
Get your heart pumping by doing some type of physical activity that requires moving both your arms and legs, such as walking, biking, running, swimming or dancing even if it’s only for 5 minutes a day.
Get a 15-minute daily dose of sunshine.
If you would like to learn about our Families First Programs and how they can help, visit our Programs tab on our website to get more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org