Fw: News.Mental.Illness

Bruce D. Burleson (anvil@quik.com)
Tue, 5 May 1998 17:34:22 -0400


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> From: Becky Dornon <becky@INAME.COM>
> To: SMARTREC@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
> Subject: News.Mental.Illness
> Date: Tuesday, May 05, 1998 2:59 PM
> 
>                     MENTAL HEALTH IS IN SPOTLIGHT DURING MAY
>                   (St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 05/04/98)
> 
>    Dear Readers: Very few issues in our society involve more  people or
make a
> greater impact on the success of our country than  mental health. For
that
> reason, since 1953 May has been designated  Mental Health Month in
America.
> When you consider that in any  six-month period up to 45 million adult
> Americans are affected by  emotional problems, you begin to sense the
need.
> 
>    Do you know that . . .
> 
>    * Mental illness will strike one in four Americans in a given  year
without
> regard to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or  economic status?
> 
>    * One in five children suffer from a diagnosable mental,  emotional or
> behavioral disorder and one in 10 have a serious  disorder that, left
> untreated, can lead to school failure,  substance abuse and even suicide?
> 
>    * All mental disorders collectively make mental illness the  most
prevalent
> health problem in America today, more common than  cancer, and lung and
heart
> disease combined?
> 
>    * Mental illnesses are treatable, and a majority of people who  seek
> professional help are successfully treated?
> 
>    Treatment effectiveness for mental disorders is favorable when 
compared to
> treatment for common physical ailments?
> 
>    With these facts, would not everyone rally around? Would not  laws
ensuring
> quality care and treatment of persons with mental  illness receive
priority in
> our bodies of government? Would not  money be allocated to provide
prevention,
> research and treatment?  Would not the general public step forward and
give
> time and money  to help defeat this terrible problem? Sad to say, this is
not
> true.
> 
>    While the Mental Health Association (MHA) comprises the largest  and
oldest
> volunteer organization in our country concerned with the  entire spectrum
of
> mental health/mental illness and while many  others are involved, we have
a
> very long way to go before we can  feel we have met the challenge.
> 
>    The stigma that surrounds mental illness makes it difficult for  many
people
> to openly discuss the subject. Understanding the  problems is a major
> difficulty. The lack of funding for quality  services is constantly a
struggle.
> Yet, we are all in some way  affected.
> 
>    The Public Education Committee of MHA strives to involve the 
community in
> its efforts to raise awareness about all aspects of  mental health and
mental
> illness. As co-chairs of this committee,  we invite you to join our
efforts
> during Mental Health Month by:
> 
>    * volunteering at a mental health agency
> 
>    * reading or attending seminars to learn about mental  health/illness
> 
>    * supporting the efforts of a mental health agency
> 
>    * being a friend to someone with a mental illness, or
> 
>    * assessing your own mental health and calling 773-1399 if you  need
> additional resources. Step forward and say "count on me" to  help assure
those
> millions of individuals who suffer from mental  illness that we care and
will
> continue to care. Together we can  break through the stigma.
> 
>    Regina Trotter
> 
>    Director of Business Affairs
> 
>    Hopewell Center, Inc.
> 
>    531-1770
> 
>    Diane Ludwig
> 
>    Development Director
> 
>    Independence Center
> 
>    533-4380 Ext. 671
> 
> (Copyright 1998)
> 
>                     _____via IntellX_____
> 
> 
> {A5:StLouisPostDispatch-0504.00804}   05/04/98