Opening Minds. Changing Lives.
Mental Health America of the Triangle offers hope to individuals and families living with mental health or substance abuse problems. Our mission is to improve the lives of those touched by mental illness and to unite the mental health community by serving as a clear, unwavering voice of hope - and a forward-thinking source of support, education, service and advocacy.
“With help, comes hope.” This is the message within one of the supportive e-cards the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website offers, for people to send to loved ones who are struggling and in pain. At Mental Health America of the Triangle, we ardently share this belief – “with help, comes hope” and offer tangible, life-changing assistance daily to those we serve through our free counseling, support, and preventive/ educational services.
Recent local and celebrity tragedies bring mental health issues to the forefront, and offer us the opportunity to reach out, to talk about these important issues – and to take positive action. From the president of our national affiliate Mental Health America:
Robin Williams’ tragic and untimely death after a decades-long battle against bipolar disorder reminds us that mental illnesses are all-too-often serious and life-threatening chronic diseases.
But Robin Williams’ life reminds us that we can change this reality, by opening our minds (and wallets) to earlier detection and treatment for all mental illnesses, to coordinated health and behavioral health services, and to programs and strategies that lead to—and give everyone hope for—recovery.
The reality is stark: one in four people in the United States suffers from a mental illness. This impacts all of us, directly and indirectly- family, friends, our entire community. Up to 90% of those who commit suicide suffer from depression. The suffering are among us.
According to reports from the US Health and Human Services department, 44% of adults in need of mental health services do not receive help because they cannot afford the cost. Up to 32% of these people in pain believe they can handle their problems without treatment (and commonly turn to drugs/alcohol to self-medicate), 21% did not know where to go for services. Many are so concerned about stigma that they do not seek services.
Education is needed. Stigma must go away. Treatment and support are available.