Wednesday, 08 February 2012
A recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 20 percent of American adults, 45.9 million people, live with a mental illness but only 39 percent of those people received mental health services in 2010.The article states that one of the main reasons mentioned for not receiving care was the cost of treatment. It is likely that another major factor causing people to avoid seeking mental health care--the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The World Health Organization has found that “mental illness is responsible for more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.” Mental illness is clearly pervasive in our communities and can be incredibly debilitating, yet facets of society have not fully accepted it as a serious disability. The perpetual stigma of mental illness can prevent those suffering from seeking the treatment they need to get well.Join us in the fight to erase the stigma of mental illness by registering for Strides Against Stigma today. We aim to take 2 million strides toward helping those living with depressive disorders to feel encouraged to get help.