Health: The Rome affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness observing Mental Health Month: What to know and how to help.

Health: The Rome affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness observing Mental Health Month: What to know and how to help.

Media release: This May, the Rome affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will observe Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental illness. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.

This year, NAMI will launch a new campaign called “CureStigma” where we will ask people to join their voices with ours to #CureStigma. The campaign, which builds on the successful #StigmaFree initiative, positions stigma as a “social virus” spreading across America and will feature a nationwide public service announcement starring NAMI Ambassadors; a website where visitors can take a quiz to see if they have stigmatizing beliefs; as well as sharable graphics and an emoji pack for phones.

Stigma is a sign or sense of disgrace that sets someone apart from others. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation and blame that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to moving forward in one’s recovery journey.

 “Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And, in some cases, it takes lives,” said Bonnie Moore, president of NAMI Rome,  “But there’s good news. Stigma is 100 percent curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. This year, during Mental Health Month in May, we are asking everyone to join with us to #CureStigma.”

During Mental Health Month, our goal is to inspire people to build better lives for millions of people with mental illness. NAMI Rome will offer NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, “Medication:  Protecting Choices” to the public.  This free, 2-hour class addresses the need to get the best medication to treat a mental illness when needed.  “All too often people have to first take an old-line medication and fail at it before they can get the newer medication,  This class looks into the problem and pinpoints answers that can be written or spoken to decision makers in a short and compelling way,” said Moore.  This class will be held on Saturday, May 19, 12:30-2:30 at the NAMI Rome trailer, 1 Woodbine Ave.  Register by calling NAMI Rome at 706-506-5010.

 Key statistics include:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.

For more information:

 For additional information about Mental Health Month, to take the Cure Stigma quiz and to access CureStigma resources, please visit curestigma.org.

 The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

 Join the conversation at  nami.org | facebook.com/nami | instagram.com/namicommunicate | twitter.com/namicommunicate  #CureStigma and #StigmaFree

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