Mental Illness Awareness Week “What I wish I had known” theme – WRBI Radio
Lawrenceburg, IN – Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (CMHC) continues to work alongside other mental health providers across the United States to provide education about mental illness and eliminate stigma.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is the first week of October each year. This year’s theme is “What I wish I had known”, highlighting the experiences of those who have lived with mental illness. The goal of Mental Illness Awareness Week is to shine a light on the millions of Americans living with mental illnesses, as well as to fight discrimination and increase support.
Mental Illness Awareness Week was established by Congress in 1990 in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) to raise awareness about mental illness. NAMI has chapters in every state in the country and is active in advocating for the rights of people with mental illnesses and lobbying for improved services.
One in five adults suffers from a mental illness each year, and one in six young people (aged 6 to 17) suffers from a mental health disorder each year. Anxiety disorders are the most common condition among American adults, with 48 million people suffering from the condition.
“CMHC appreciates the work NAMI is doing to increase public understanding of mental health, and we support Mental Illness Awareness Week,” said Greg Duncan, CEO.
and president of the Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
“Our goal is always to advocate for our patients and those who suffer from mental illness, and the more awareness there is in our communities, the more successful we can be in that goal.”
One of the first steps to getting help when you need it is knowing where to find it.
CMHC, Inc. served nearly 8,000 people in the 2021 state fiscal year. CMHC provides comprehensive behavioral health services (mental health and addictions services) to people from
all ages in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.
For more information about the services offered by Community Mental Health Center, Inc., please call (812) 537-1302, or visit cmhcinc.org.
(Community Mental Health Center, Inc. press release)