But affects us all.
Did you know that one (1) out of every four (4) adults in the United States will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives? And that mental health problems affect one (1) in five (5) children and adolescents? People don’t know enough about behavioral/mental health issues and this causes many to fear or stigmatize the people challenged by these issues, forcing many of them to remain silent about their struggles for fear of retribution or rejection.
To battle this stigma, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Arizona), the Family Involvement Center (FIC), the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC), Community Bridges and Magellan Health Services of Arizona joined together to educate and reduce social stigma. Together the five organizations created the “Extraordinary People” campaign. Joining our campaign this year is Hope Lives/Vive la Esperanza.
The campaign includes a series of events that will take place throughout central Arizona to raise awareness about mental illness and to educate the public on what they can do to help.
2013 National Recovery Month
The lives of people who have a serious mental illness tend to be cut short by 25 to 32 years compared to the general population. That’s why we can no longer look at recovery just from the standpoint of mental illness or addiction; we must consider the physical side of recovery as well—and strive for whole health recovery.
That’s what makes this year’s National Recovery Month theme so timely—Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness. According to the sponsor of National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), this year’s theme “highlights the importance of mental, physical, and emotional well-being, as well as the value of family, friends, and community members throughout the recovery journey.” In support of this theme—and the concept of whole health and wellness—we include a Healthy Heroes section, which profiles individuals in recovery for mental health and physical health issues.
About the campaign partners
Community Bridges and Magellan Health Services Radio Interview
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