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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mon May 18, 2015

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the DuPage County Health Department wants everyone to be aware that one in four adults experiences mental health problems every year and those symptoms can contribute to the onset of serious mental health conditions, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Among children and adolescents, one in five persons experiences serious emotional disorders every year. Approximately half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters of those illnesses appear by age 24.

The Health Department encourages all county residents to learn more about mental health conditions. By raising awareness, we can help end the stigma surrounding mental illness, which too often discourages people from getting help when they need it. 

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, the Health Department will have informational tables at each of the Public Health Centers May 18 to May 22. Free depression screenings will also be offered.  For more information about the Behavioral Health Services provided, please contact the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.