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.