Talk One-2-One Program Celebrates May as National Mental Health Awareness Month
By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit
May 10, 2011
Did you know that in any given year approximately one in four adults meet the criteria for one or more mental health challenges? Did you also know that only 36 percent of individuals suffering from a mental health challenge are receiving treatment at any given time?
Mental health challenges are conditions such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders that disrupt a person’s thinking, feelings and ability to function and relate to others. These conditions arise from a variety of factors, including one’s personality, genetic makeup and environment. Approximately 57.7 million Americans of all ages, races and income levels are affected by mental health challenges every year, but fewer than a third receive treatment for their condition.
Untreated mental health challenges remain a leading cause of personal and societal losses such as disability, unemployment, school drop?out, substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, suicide and chronic medical conditions. Mental health challenges are real, treatable health conditions – relief is available. Current treatments are highly effective, with 70 to 90 percent of individuals reporting significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life.
If you or a loved one suffers from symptoms associated with a mental health challenge, do not hesitate to seek help.
Avoid becoming part of these statistics! Talk One-2-One Student Assistance Program joins with Mental Health America in celebrating May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Early recognition and intervention are vital components in the treatment of mental and emotional challenges. Talk One-2-One counselors are there to help. Call 1-800-756-3124 with your questions, problems and concerns, or visit www.studenttalkone2one.com. SUNY Empire State College provides this service free of charge to students!
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Mental Health America: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
- National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov