LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (September 28, 2017) – During the first full week of October, Lake County Behavioral Health would like to raise public awareness of mental illness. Each year we provide support, fight stigma, advocate for equal care and educate the public around mental health.
U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990 in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness.
At Lake County Behavioral Health, we believe that mental health issues are important to address all year, and especially spotlight them during Mental Illness Awareness Week. The week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans who are affected by some kind of mental illness.
Approximately 26 percent of Americans over the age of 18 (about one in four adults) are believed to be diagnosable with some form of mental illness. That number may be higher due to the fact that stigma tends to reduce reporting. In addition, studies show that about 45% of these adults meet criteria for two or more disorders. These range from common mood disorders to the much more serious schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders tend to be the most common, with nearly 40 million American adults dealing with some type of anxiety disorder.
Mental health services provided by Lake County Behavioral Health are designed to provide strong community-based partnerships with individuals and families who are dealing with serious mental illness, including those who have co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. Recovery-oriented services include assistance with establishing stable housing, access to physical health care, medications management, trauma-informed counseling and peer supports. Behavioral Health assists with management of mental health crises for all members of the community and provides for inpatient or temporary residential care as appropriate.
During Mental Illness Awareness Week on Oct. 1-7, join Lake County Behavioral Health in shining a light on mental illness and replacing stigma with hope!
For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.
Todd Metcalf is the Administrator for Lake County Behavioral Health.