With your help, we can bring awareness to the prevalence of mental health conditions in our communities. Take action if you or someone you care about face such a struggle. Help is available! Visit the Mind Your Mental Health website or click on the links below to learn more.
During September, Stamp Out Stigma is taking this opportunity to discuss substance use disorder recovery and will be highlighting the importance of speaking openly about recovery and finding treatment, since there is still stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. We encourage you, your family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about mental illness and substance use disorder and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
- More women with AMI (48.8%) received mental health treatment than men with AMI (33.9%).
- The misuse of prescription opioids and use of heroin is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States. Opioid abuse claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes.
- According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.
- 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population