May is Mental Health Month and this year Mental Health America is advocating two significant themes. One is Do More for 1 in 4. The second is Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds.
Do More for 1 in 4 refers to the one in four adults in the U.S. who have a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition. Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds brings attention to the effect of traumatic events on communities and individuals.
Below are the main points Mental Health America is working to convey in 2012.
Do More for 1 in 4
- Up to 50 percent of those struggling with a mental health condition do not seek or receive help. Lack of information, absence of health insurance, and the stigma of being diagnosed with a mental illness are the primary reasons why so many go without services.
- Those who receive treatment can lead rich, productive lives, and many recover completely.
- The passage of the federal mental health parity and addiction equity act has helped expand access to mental health care. The law is applicable to groups of 50 or more employees. It does not require substance abuse or mental health coverage. However, when coverage is provided the insurance is required to be in keeping with other medical conditions.
- Adequate access to services are necessary for identifying, treating, and even preventing mental health conditions.
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