This message of unity is difficult to embrace when physical and social distancing makes it hard to feel connected to family, friends, and community. We should use this time to focus on the healing power of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health, and acknowledging that it’s OK to NOT be OK. Together we can realize the shared vision where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Mental Health Fast Facts:

–   1 in 5 US adults and 1 in 6 youth (age 6-17) experience mental illness each year, but less than half get treatment.
–   1 in 20 US adults experiences a serious mental illness each year but less than 2/3 get treatment.
–   50% of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
–   Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the US

As the consequences of racial injustice continue to unfold, we need to understand how culture, race, and background impact people’s mental health. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often related to stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out and getting needed support. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and getting help is 8-10 years.

If you or a loved one is experiencing mental illness, please talk with your provider to get a referral to a mental health provider. Many areas also provide crisis services. Call 1-844-430-8520 to access this service if needed. Or call Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services at 641-683-6747 to help you find a local service.