Mental Illness: You Are Not Alone

Mental Illness Week is October 4-10 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mental illness affects tens of millions of people each year.”  

Mental Illness looks different for different people,” says Elizabeth Schopfer, LAC, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, Acenda. “Some people might have trouble getting out of bed, other people might be acting like they ‘normally would on the outsideOthers struggling with Mental Illness are very outgoing and successful. It's also important to keep in mind that 50% of mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% begins by age 24.” 

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) “despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.” 

two people holding hands to comfort each other

Remember, mental illness presents differently with everyone. Some people can hide their symptoms, while with others, it’s more visible,” adds Schopfer. “It's important to recognize if you are struggling or if you sense someone else that you know is and take action before more issues arise. There is help and hope. 

If you or your loved one is in need of additional support, our clinicians are available to help with a wide array of mental health care and support. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500).