May Brings the Start of Mental Health Awareness Month

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, May 03 2014 May 3, 2014 Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:40:00 PM CDT May 03, 2014 in News
By: Mary Kate Burgess, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - May brings the start of Mental Health Awareness Month.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 adults, around 61.5 million Americans are affected by a mental illness in a given year.

"Mental health issues are pervasive in our community," Broadway Urgent Care Physician Eric Bettis said.

Mental health not only affect adults, but children as well.  According to NAMI, "approximately 60 percent of adults and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental services in the previous year."

"It's not just here," Bettis said. "It involves our families, our friends, and having care of that helps us to make us more productive soceity and in our family life."

NAMI's website says "one-half of all chronic mental illnesses begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.  Despite effective treatment, there are long delays - sometimes decades - between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help."

Bettis said as far as mental health goes, people need to be aware of attitudes toward these illnesses in other parts of the country.

"The risk of suicide in rural Missouri is twice that then it is in the cities, such as Columbia," Bettis said.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., more common than homicide and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years.  More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.

"Mental health is considered a weakness," Bettis said. "Even in today's day and age, people think that it's a problem with you or something that you have failed or anything to have depression, or anxiety or some other type of psychiatric disease."

There are some events coming up later in the month that will help raise awareness for mental health research.  The League of Women Voters in Columbia is holding a mental health forum on May 20th that will feature specialists on various aspects of mental health. NAMI will also be putting on a walk to support research for mental health illnesses on March 24th.

 

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