Minority Mental Health Month, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible. Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005
Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution was co-sponsored by a large bipartisan group to achieve two goals:
Improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness.
Name a month as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1
Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.2
Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.3
1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.4
2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.5
6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.6
18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.7
Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.8
An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.9
Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.10
70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.11
Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.8
Just over half (50.6%) of children aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.12
African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans in the past year and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.13
Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.14
Consequences of Lack of Treatment
Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.15
Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.16
Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.17 Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.18
Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.19
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,20 the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–2421 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.22
More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.23
Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.24
A co-occurring disorder means the addicted individual has other mental health issues in addition to addiction. This may be depression disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder, or a personality disorder (anti-social, borderline, narcissistic, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, etc.)
For clients who experience co-occurring disorders, Arrowhead Lodge Recovery provides group and individual counseling by our qualified and licensed staff. Our staff includes a physician (board certified in pain and addiction medicine), addiction psychiatrist, psychologist, registered nurse, licensed addiction therapists, and a nutritionist. This means our clients receive evidence-based treatment for a wide range of disorders by licensed and competent professionals.
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Our recovery treatment programs are medically supervised by a licensed inter-disciplinary staff. Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is owned and operated by Kenneth Chance, who designed Arrowhead Lodge Recovery to provide older men the clinical effectiveness, safety and comfort of a gender and age-specific treatment environment.
Our goal is to assist older men in learning how to enjoy a superior quality of life without the use of alcohol or addictive painkillers.
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At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, our methodology utilizes a multi-disciplinary holistic professional team approach to effectively treat addiction.
Glaze, L.E. & James, D.J. (2006). Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Washington, D.C. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/mhppji.pdf
Colton, C.W. & Manderscheid, R.W. (2006). Congruencies in Increased Mortality Rates, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Causes of Death Among Public Mental Health Clients in Eight States. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, 3(2), 1–14. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1563985/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/access/NNBBJC.pdf