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Mental illness awareness week 2022

Mental Illness Awareness Week

An Incredible 51.5 million Adults or 20% Suffer from Mental Ailments Mental health illness awareness week is a reflection of our national mental health crisis. Mental illnesses are common in the U.S. In 2019, 51.5 million adults (20% of the U.S. population) experienced some form of mental illness. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, these numbers have only worsened.  Mental illnesses include many distinct conditions that differ in severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.  [1]   Of these adults who have a mental illness, only 43.3% sought treatment. Moreover, many suffering from mental health illnesses mask their emotional pain by abusing drugs and alcohol resulting in substance abuse secondary disorders. Throughout the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week allows advocates to educate the public on mental health conditions and conquer the social stigma around getting mental health care. Established by Congress in 1990, Mental Illness Awareness Week harmonizes with World Mental Health Day on October 10. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about one in five adults in the United States experience mental illness each year.  Problems range from depression and anxiety to substance abuse.  [2] It is heartbreaking knowing so many Americans are suffering from mental health disorders. What’s most disturbing…