Mental illness in today's society is commonly misunderstood and misrepresented in a manner that leads to false perceptions about those who deal with mental health issues. Education is an important tool in combatting such stigma and misconceptions. An important part of educating the public involves informing them about the widespread nature of mental illness, which is certain to affect at least one person that any given individual knows. Below are some quick facts about mental illness:
Mental illness affects 20% of all Americans and is more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
1 in 4 families are affected by mental illness.
More than 9 million adults have co-occurring mental illness and addiction disorders.
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Healthy Minds Public Television Series
One in five people has a diagnosable mental disorder, but often fear and shame prevent people from seeking help. Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories, as well as, experts sharing cutting edge information, including new-approaches and next-generation therapies in diagnostics, treatment and research.
Series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.