NAMI DuPage Observes Mental Health Month in May

NAMI DuPage Observes Mental Health Month in May

May 5, 2017

Wheaton, Il:  NAMI DuPage will observe Mental Health Month in May and calls on all DuPage County residents to be ‘Into Mental Health” by inspiring mental health conversations, being informed on mental health issues, and becoming involved with NAMI DuPage activities. The City of Wheaton has issued a proclamation recognizing both mental health awareness month and NAMI DuPage’s important work for eradicating stigma and educating the community.

“Given that mental illness is an equal opportunity illness that affects one in five people, this translates to approximately 138,000 adults and 45,000 youth in DuPage County that are experiencing a mental health condition at any given time”, said Angela Adkins, Executive Director. Mental Health Month provides an opportunity that we, as a community, can come together to help build better lives for those living with mental illness through awareness and involvement.”

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Here are facts about the prevalence and impact of mental illness.

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition and 1 in 25 adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.

Mental Health Month is an opportunity to take action where people can provide support, advocate for equal care and fight stigma. Stigma is a sense of shame and disgrace that sets someone apart from others. Dealing with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation and blame that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to moving forward in one’s recovery. Mental Health Month provides the opportunity for people to come together to fight stigma.

To learn more about mental illness and what you can do, please refer to information posted on the NAMI DuPage website and follow us on social media. The public can also visit our office where we maintain a library of materials on mental health matters. In addition, NAMI DuPage offers Mental Health First Aid classes in various locations that are free to the public.

People can also celebrate Mental Health Awareness all year long by participating in NAMI DuPage’s array of programs, volunteering and participating in awareness building/fundraising events, such as the upcoming Run for The Mind 5k run/walk that will be held on Sat., September 23rd in the streets of Wheaton.