On May 30, 2013, California will come together to watch "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness," narrated by Award-winning actress Glenn Close. Premiering statewide on PBS stations, the documentary tells the stories of everyday people to shatter myths about mental illness, highlighting the struggles faced by those with mental health challenges, and their hope, resilience and recovery.
The Facts about Mental Illness
Many people think that mental illness is something that only happens to "other people."
The facts are:
‘«ů One in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental health illness in a given year.
‘«ů Research shows half of all mental disorders start by age 14 and three-quarters start by age 24.
‘«ů An average of 6 to 8 years pass after the onset of mood disorder symptoms ‘«Ű 9 to 23 years for anxiety disorder symptoms ‘«Ű before young people get help.
‘«ů Treatment is available and full recovery is possible. With support and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
While the facts may show the need for Californians to seek help, many don't because of fear of judgment, isolation and discrimination. The stigma associated with mental illness can be more destructive than the illness itself.
What Californians Can Do
‘«ů Learn more about mental illness, choose facts over myths.
‘«ů Recognize that many of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives, and someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness isn't so different after all.
‘«ů Speak and act from a place of compassion and acceptance, rather than fear and ignorance.
‘«ů Visit EachMindMatters.org to get informed and join California's mental health movement.