Every day, across our country, individuals are dying from mental and substance use disorders. I returned to SAMHSA to do everything I could to ensure that American families and communities do not continue to lose their loved ones to these preventable and treatable conditions. As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, I take very seriously my responsibility to ensure that every dollar entrusted to SAMHSA by the American public is used in the most effective manner possible.As a physician, I have seen firsthand the urgent need for funding and the programs that SAMHSA provides. I have treated many patients whose lives are dependent on the types of services SAMHSA funding generates.
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Depression is a common but serious mental illness. It can impact anyone from children to older adults. About 6.7 percent of all Americans experience major depressive disorder in any given year. Did you know that women are far more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetimes?
National Depression Screening Day is October 9th. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about yourself or a family member. The National Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health America are two organizations that maintain a list of local area health care providers who can screen for depression.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually begins in children aged 12 years and younger, and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 9 percent of children and youth age 13 to 18 years have ADHD and about 4.1 percent of American adults age 18 years and older are diagnosed with ADHD in any given year.
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called “manic-depressive illness,” is a serious mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. In any given year, it impacts approximately 2.6 percent of the American public.
In any given year one in five adults aged 18 and older will experience a mental illness. From October 5-11, the nation will recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to help educate all Americans on the needs of individuals with mental illness—including serious mental illness—and their families.
Living wellness means balancing the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and environmental dimensions of your life. Practicing wellness is essential to behavioral health. People with mental and/or substance use disorders die earlier than the general population, making wellness especially important for those with a behavioral health condition.But how do we incorporate wellness into our everyday lives? Getting involved in National Wellness Week 2014 is a great place to start!