Did you know this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week? (It’s always the first full week of October). It’s been around since 1991 and focuses on educating and increasing awareness about all kinds of mental illnesses.
An alarming 26.2 percent of American adults—about one in four—are believed to have a mental illness in any given year. But wait… 45 percent of these adults meet the criteria for having two or more disorders. And sadly, those numbers are probably bigger. The stigma of mental illness is a huge hurdle that has people living silently with their sickness instead of finding the help that they need.
Some common mental health illnesses are:
- Bipolar disorder
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the most common mental illness in the U.S. is anxiety - it’s estimated that 40 million American adults (about 18 percent of the population) experience some form of this disorder. Feelings of worry, agitation and fear that are strong enough to interfere with daily living are a few signs of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet unfortunately, only 36.9 percent of those suffering find treatment.
Chances are, a co-worker, family member or friend of yours is dealing with some sort of mental illness. Take the opportunity to be the encouragement they need to find the help they deserve. And equally importantly, don’t forget to take care of you.
Want to learn more about what employers are doing to help employees with mental health challenges? On October 30, 2019, MRA is hosting Creating Workforce Resilience: Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Mental Health on Achieving Organizational Success at our Waukesha, WI location. Attendees will learn about the challenges of trauma and mental health issues and how to create workforce resilience. Go to our website for the full agenda and to register for this important event.