RESIDENTS REMINDED THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS ESSENTIAL TO OVERALL HEALTH OF INDIVIDUALS

Mon May 7, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-During Mental Health Month in May, the DuPage County Health Department is reminding residents that mental health and substance abuse conditions are common, but treatment is effective and recovery is possible.
 
Approximately one in four adult Americans lives with a diagnosable mental health condition. These individuals can be treated and go on to recover and lead full and productive lives.
 
During May, the Health Department is spreading the word about how important mental health is to overall health.
 
Mental Health Month was established more than 50 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all.
 
One sad fact is that many people living with a mental health condition-as high as 50 percent-and never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost or lack of health insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help or don't know where to find it.
 
There are organizations, including Behavioral Health Services at the DuPage County Health Department, where people can find support and treatment.
 
It's important that more people have access to treatment and services because there is a great deal of knowledge about how to identify and even prevent mental health conditions. Recovery and empowerment are the keys to success for those who live with mental health issues.
 
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RESIDENTS REMINDED THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS ESSENTIAL TO OVERALL HEALTH OF INDIVIDUALS