Sunday Oct. 2 through Saturday Oct.8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to come together to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
Why is mental health important?
Mental illness is a medical condition, but it is often surrounded by stigma or stereotypes that prevent people from getting the help they need for many types of mental disorders. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Approximately half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays−sometimes decades−often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help. Early identification and treatment is important.
Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope by taking the #Stigmafree pledge at http://www.nami.org/stigmafree. NAMI offers information at nami.org and through our HelpLine 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). With affiliates in hundreds of communities nationwide, NAMI also offers free education classes and support groups.
Where are mental health services near me?
Dickinson Center, Inc. provides a variety mental health services to Elk, Cameron, Potter, McKean, Forest, Warren, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties in northcentral and western Pennsylvania. Give us a call toll free at 877.364.2178