Survey Says Many with Mental Illness Go without Treatment

Mental illness is defined as having had “a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder,” such as anxiety disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorders.  Access to care is a major factor in individuals not getting treatment.  I believe stigma is an obstacle that prevents individuals from seeking treatment.  Let us be a part of the solution.  Contact legislatures to let them know the importance of funding for mental health.  Also education is the key in reducing stigma so encourage people to learn the facts before passing judgement on a person, who is living with mental illness.

Here is the link to the USA Today article on the study.  Many with mental illness go without treatment.

NAMI First Episode of Psychosis Survey Results

The National Alliance of Mental Illness survey results are in and for those that have experienced psychosis, the most shocking finding is that the majority of individuals found no one was helpful when they first experienced psychosis.  I believe this shows the isolation, stigma and lack of understanding of psychosis.  How can we change this?  In my opinion, more individuals need to talk openly about their experience as well as the medical community better understanding of how to treat all aspects of the individual.  Complete treatment includes treating a person’s mind, body, and spirit.  What do you think can change this?