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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day


Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day

Source: Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
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With proper treatment, as many as 8 in 10 people suffering from a mental illness can return to normal, productive lives, and almost everyone receives some benefit from treatment.
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Mental health and mental illness are not opposites but points on a continuum. At different times in our lives, we may find ourselves at different places along that continuum. Periods of good mental health mean that we are coping well with challenges, feeling happy about our relationships, and content with school, work, community, and other activities.

In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, SAMHSA would like to remind you of the many resources at your disposal. The Center for Mental Health Services has a variety of publications to support health providers, community organizations, and families.

Featured Publication:
Self-Disclosure and Its Impact on Individuals Who Receive Mental Health Services

The negative public attitudes (aka, stigma) associated with mental illnesses is one of the most persistent problems individuals face. The research on addressing discrimination and prejudice has shown that individual's attitudes improve when they have direct contact with persons with mental illnesses, when they can get to know people beyond labels and myths.

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More Information
 Center for Mental Health Services
 National Institute on Mental Health
 Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Information
 Mental Health Services Locator
 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery
 The SAMHSA Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion (ADS Center)
 SAMHSA's National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery
 Publications to Improve Public Attitudes
 Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative

SAMHSA News Related SAMHSA News Articles
CMHS Publications OAS Reports
 Blueprint for Change: Ending Chronic Homelessness for Persons With Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders
 Community Integration for Older Adults With Mental Illnesses: Overcoming Barriers and Seizing Opportunities
 Work as a Priority: A Resource for Employing People Who Have Serious Mental Illnesses and Who Are Homeless
 The OAS Report: Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts, Major Depressive Episode & Substance Use Among Adults
 The NSDUH Report: Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Substance Use and Mental Health
 The NSDUH Report: Treatment for Past-Year Depression Among Adults

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