You are not alone: Mental Health Awareness
Author, lecturer and activist Helen Keller once
said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the
overcoming of it.”
In the United States, millions of youth and
adults face mental health challenges every year, such as depression, anxiety,
bipolar disorder and other behavioral health conditions, but there is no reason
to suffer alone or in silence – help is available.
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed
in May since 1949, and Devereux
Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to serve as a nationally
recognized leader in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare, providing
innovative specialty mental health programs/services for youth and adults with
emotional and behavioral disorders.
“As we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we
cannot stress enough the importance of informing and educating others about why
mental health matters and drawing attention to this critical topic that is all
too often ignored or stigmatized,” said Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. “Even if you are not
personally affected by mental illness, it is highly likely that you know
someone – a family member or friend – who is struggling with mental health
issues. The most important thing you can do is show your compassion and support,
and let them know that you are there – and you care.”
the warning signs
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI), mental health conditions are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart
disease. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – 43.8 million, or 18.5
percent – experience a mental health challenge in a given year. Similarly, NAMI
states that 1 in 5 youth, ages 13 to 18, have, or will have, a serious mental
illness in their lifetime.
Although each behavioral health condition has
its own symptoms, common warning signs in youth and adults can include:
- Excessive sadness or worrying
- Extreme changes in mood, thought, energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inability to carry out daily activities
or handle stress
- Avoiding friends or social activities
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
specialty mental health services
For those facing a mental health challenge,
Devereux wants you (and your family) to know that, with help, it is a challenge
that can be overcome. For more than a century, Devereux has remained at the
forefront of delivering exceptional services and supports to individuals and
families in need.
The nonprofit organization is committed to providing
evidence-based, trauma-focused care to children, adolescents and adults with emotional
and behavioral disorders in community and residential treatment settings across
the country. Diagnoses served include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Psychotic disorders
- Disruptive behavior disorders
“No matter what you or someone you know is going
through – help is just a phone call away,” Clark explained. “Remember, you do
not have to face your struggles alone. Asking for help is the first step in
getting the support and resources you need to live a more rewarding and
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