Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic illness.
“Many people in our community are directly affected by mental illness,” said Rebecca Glathar, Executive Director of NAMI Utah. “The good news is that treatment does work and recovery is possible.”
On average, people living with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the rest of the population. One reason is that less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment.
“The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it,” Glathar said. “That’s why MIAW is so important. We want people to understand mental illness and join a dialogue in our community. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or help their loved ones get the help and support they need.”
When mental health care isn’t available in a community, the results often are lost jobs and careers, broken families, more homelessness, more welfare and much more expensive costs for hospital emergency rooms