Mental health is an important part of our everyday quality of life. While we have always been taught to take care of our physical health by eating well and exercising, mental health has typically not been talked about enough and we are not always as quick to get treatment when it comes to mental illness.
Our mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. When we struggle with our mental health, we may experience anxiety, depression, drastic mood changes, post-traumatic stress, and other mental disorders.
In the United States, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting an estimated 11 million adults, and the average delay between symptom onset and mental health treatment in the United States is 11 years according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI).
This October during National Depression and Mental Health Awareness and Screening Month, we encourage everyone to explore these resources and treatment for mental health illnesses and learn more about screenings and prevention.=
View more of NAMI’s “Mental Health By the Numbers” statistics and get resources at www.nami.org.
Free Resources and Information:
- Free Mental Health Test
- CT Adult Telephone Intervention and Options Network Available 24/7, 365 days a year at 1-800-467-3135
- Reach Out Connecticut Help Line with support from mental health call specialists
- Crisis Resources by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Available 24/7, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-8255