Why advocating for those with mental illness, breaking down the stigma that accompanies mental illness and promoting the importance of mental health matters:
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
- African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–14 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.
- Mental Health Advocate
- Newbie member or NAMI-VT advocacy committee.
My pledge for the #MINDwalk2017 campaign it to volunteer my time and skills to NAMI-VT this year and beyond.
Please help support me and the efforts of the the extraordinary people at NAMI-VT; staff and volunteers, and their mission to support, educate and advocate so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness or mental health challenges can build better lives.
- Nicole Michelle