Did you know that 1 in 5 American adults have a mental health issue (National Alliance on Mental Health [NAMI])? This means that it is incredibly common for families to be dealing with mental illness. Yet, people are still reluctant to talk about it because they feel ashamed and this prevents them from getting the help that they, or their loved ones, need. If you had diabetes you wouldn’t “hide” your symptoms from your doctor. Mental health should be treated in the same way. It is about your/your loved one’s health and quality of life. Isn’t it about time to find out more information about it and seek services that can help you and your family to cope?
Many people are challenged by trying to locate resources for mental health services. Here are some ideas about where you can start:
Contact your school’s student health services department. They are experts in student physical and mental health, and they are well-connected with local services.
Talk with your physician. Whether your concerns are about your own or your loved one’s mental health, your family doctor can provide information on resources.
Additionally, there are a number of local and national organizations that can provide information and support. These resources are listed at the end of this page.
Just as you would with a physical illness, it is important that you understand your loved one's mental illness, and that you get your information from reliable sources. Listed below are some highly respected sources for information on mental illness: