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Mental Health Services and Resources

Mental illness does not discriminate based upon age, race, religion, or income; it can affect anyone. It is not a result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan (NAMI). There are various types of treatment including medication, psycho-social treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups, and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) offers some facts about mental illness and recovery:

  • Mental illnesses cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's

"character" or intelligence.

  • It is estimated that mental illness affects one in five families in America.

  • By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for

women and children.

  • Mental illness can strike at any age. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.

  • The consequences of untreated mental illness can be: disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, legal problems and suicide.

  • Treatments for mental illnesses are effective. A wide range of interventions are available. These interventions can include counseling and medications if needed.

  • Early identification and treatment is important.

A number of national, state and local resources are available. The following links provide information about where to get assistance and support if you or someone you care about has a mental illness.

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