First launched in 2014, Time to Talk Day is an annual event working to spark conversation and bring awareness to the prevalence of mental health conditions.
In the past, some people have perceived mental illness as an excuse for immoral behavior. However, increasingly over the years, a better understanding into the complexities of the brain is leading many to reconsider preconceived notions about mental health.
Time to Talk Day 2019
This year, Time to Talk Day will take place Thursday, February 7, bringing together people across the nation to discuss and bring awareness to the topic of mental health. Through education and discussion, this event hopes to break down barriers and help relieve the shame, worthlessness, and isolation that is often felt by those who live with mental illness.
According to a 2018 report published by Mental Health America:
- Some 44 million American adults suffer from some type of mental illness
- The rate of young people experiencing the onset of mental illness continues to rise
- While more people are insured and receiving care, 1 in 5 adults report having a need unmet
- There remains a shortage in the mental health workforce
- While the rates of substance abuse and mental illness saw a slight decrease over the last 4 years, the rates of suicide are increasing
Some common myths about mental illness as outlined by mentalhealth.gov include:
Myth: Mental health problems only affect certain people.
Fact: Mental illness is very common—affecting about 1 in 5 Americans, because of this, almost everyone feels the effects of mental illness either directly or indirectly.
Myth: Children can’t experience mental health problems.
Fact: Around half of all mental health conditions show early warning signs before the age of 14, and nearly 75% of all disorders develop before age 24.
Myth: People with mental health disorders are unpredictable and most likely violent.
Fact: Actually, people suffering from “mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else,” according to this report.
Treatment for Mental Illness
While not always the case, mental illness, and chemical dependency often run in tandem. Regardless of which came first, diagnosing and treating all underlying conditions has been observed as one of the best routes toward long-term recovery.
Finding a treatment center that provides mens mental health treatment programs can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best chance at a total recovery. Adequate treatment goes beyond just quitting a substance. If you don’t treat the root of the problem, the chance of relapse increases.
In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center of sunny Arizona also specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and trauma-informed care. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility can create custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
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No one needs to live a life strained under the weight of co-occurring illnesses. Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. First Step Center commits themselves to your total recovery and ready to help you learn the skills you need to take back your life and start living again. To find out more about mental health or addiction treatment, call us now at 866.832.6398.
To learn more about Time To Talk Day 2019 and how you can volunteer, email [email protected] or visit the Change Your Mind website.