Understanding Mental Health

What is Mental Health

What is Mental Health

Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It determines how we cope with stress, relate to others, and make choices. Good mental health is a principle of a happy, healthy life, and is equally as important as physical health.

The more we know about mental health and mental illness, the more we can reduce the fear and misunderstanding that is often associated with it, and improve access to mental health services

Facts about Mental Health

  • All mental illnesses can be treated.
  • According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans will face mental illness this year.
  • An estimated 26 percent of adults have a diagnosable mental illness in a given year; about 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive illness.
  • One in two of us will have a mental health issue during our lifetime.
  • Less than one-third of adults with a mental health issue will get help.
  • Up to 90 percent of those who get help are able to significantly reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Treatment for Mental Illness

  • Recovery is possible. There are many effective treatments.
  • Recognize the signs when you or your loved ones need help.
  • Educate yourself on resources: What are your current behavioral health insurance benefits for treatment? The Family Conservancy offers a sliding scale fee and will not turn away clients who are unable to pay.
  • Provide hope. Support others in identifying small problem solving steps in their path to recovery.
  • Don’t isolate yourself. Reach out to your support system or find someone who you can trust on your journey to wellness. Show others they are not alone.

Call 913-742-4357 or visit our counseling page to learn more or schedule an appointment.


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