Mental Health Resources
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition and 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Mental illnesses affect how people relate to others, think, feel, and function day-to-day. Stigma associated with mental illness can be damaging to a person’s self-worth and often prevents them from getting the help they need. People with serious mental illness also often struggle to take care of other chronic health problems they may have like diabetes or heart conditions, leading to premature death – about 25 years earlier than those without mental illnesses.
Despite the challenges, people with mental illness can learn to manage symptoms and improve their health so they can recover through stability, support and guidance from others.
Read more about mental illness at MakeItOk.org.
Learn more about the warning signs of mental illness from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Depression is a mood disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, sleeps, eats, and manages daily activities.
Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenia is a condition that affects a person’s ability to distinguish between reality and their thoughts.
Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are all conditions which affect an individual’s ability to maintain relationships and maintain their daily lives.
Borderline Personality Disorder
People with a borderline personality disorder have difficulty regulating emotions, experience unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depressive illness, causes extreme changes in mood, energy, activity level and daily functioning.
In addition to mental health treatment, wellness activities can help you feel better and improve your mood.
Mental Health Recovery
Mental health recovery is an important goal of mental health treatment. It is a personal journey which is different for every person, with many paths to reach this goal. Mental health recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. (SAMHSA, 2012)