May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This month, LookUp, along with many other organizations and individuals, is raising awareness by fighting stigma, providing support, education, and advocacy for mental health. Each week, we'll share mental health insights from various community sectors.
Since 1949, Mental Health Month has been observed in the United States. It is estimated that 1 out of 5 youth and adults experience mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide each day. More than 22 million people in the U.S. need treatment for alcohol or other drug abuse. Though we have made considerable progress since the days of people being imprisoned in an institution, with physical shackles and chains, people with mental illness and addictive disorders feel the weight of those chains through the ignorance and stigma that still exists today.
MHAI's successes have been possible because of what makes us unique as an organization. Here are some of the keys to our success.
MHAI is a strong voice on the state and local levels for policies that expand opportunities for people with mental illness and addiction disorders. We are well positioned to regularly influence legislation and policy discussions that impact mental healthcare and addiction services.
MHAI represents a diverse network of mental health consumers, advocates, individuals in recovery, family members, providers and other stakeholders who embrace our public health perspective. Under this umbrella, we bring multiple communities together to promote the importance of mental health and addiction in all aspects of health and in all stages of life, from birth through old age.
Coalitions and Partnerships:
Building and leading coalitions is a hallmark of MHAI.
Mental Health America of Indiana is a statewide organization created to work for the mental health of all citizens and victory over mental illness. The Mental Health America is how a broad-based group of citizens, consumers, individuals in recovery, families, and professionals working to:
From our earliest history as a statewide organization, there have been dedicated advocates who understood that in order to change the manner in which mental health and addiction services are provided, the America must become a strong voice within state government.