OK, but what exactly does that mean? Overcoming mental illness, advancing mental health, and eliminating stigma.
It means the American Psychiatric Foundation envisions a mentally healthy nation. Mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated. But less than one third of adults and less than one half of children who have a diagnosable mental health disorder receive mental health services in any given year.
We know. You're wondering how big of a problem that is because less than one third, less than one half - that doesn't mean much. Well.... Though statistics vary slightly, an estimated 20-25% of American adults will personally experience a mental illness in any given year. That’s a staggering 57 million people! It might be an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, or maybe, they’re one of the 6% of Americans living with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder.
Truth is, the majority of people living with a mental illness live happy, healthy, and productive lives because they've had treatment. They're your neighbors, family members, colleagues. We just want more people to have healthy lives.
There is no health without mental health.