Mental health issues affect all members of society in some way, shape, or form.
It is estimated that one in five Americans over age 18 will experience a mental health problem this year.
About 6-12 percent of transition-age youth and young adults struggle with a serious mental health condition (2.4-5 million individuals).
Mental health involves how a person handles stress, relates to other people, manages emotions, makes decisions, and perceives the world and their sense of purpose in life.
Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being.
Misunderstandings about mental health can lead to negative attitudes that prevent people with mental illness from being accepted and supported, and can make it harder for them and their families to get help and lead productive lives in their communities.
People can and do recover from mental health problems.
Home | MentalHealth.gov website provides information about mental health, signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how to talk about mental health issues. You can also find more information about how you can help your friends and loved ones to access treatment and support if needed.
Faith-based and neighborhood organizations play a significant role in the health and well-being of communities. Trusted and supportive relationships-such as family, long-term friendships, and connections to clergy, religious and other, community organizations are important to building resilience and well-being.
Here’s how you can help:
- Learn the basic signs of mental illnesses and other facts about mental health.
Understand that people can and do recover from mental health challenges and that
help is available and effective.
- Connect individuals and families within your community to mental health
treatment and support if they or a loved one needs help.
- Build a safe and supportive environment in your congregation or civic organization
where people can openly talk about mental health issues.
- Promote awareness by educating your congregations and communities about mental
health issues through educational forums and other opportunities. You can invite local
mental health experts – including those who have experienced mental illness – to speak
with your congregation or at community gatherings.