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About Mental Illness

Mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions.

Though the causes are uncertain, research suggests they’re the result of genetic predisposition interacting with triggering environmental factors.

If you are struggling with these issues, you are not alone. Despite the stigma that people who struggle with their mental health experience, it’s a common illness, with one in five adults experiencing a mental disorder each year. About four percent of the population live with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.

Fewer than half of the people who experience mental illness receive treatment. This can create a web of related issues in their lives – and in your life – such as unnecessary disability, inappropriate incarceration, unemployment, homelessness and substance abuse.

The good news is that treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly successful and cost effective. Between 70 and 90 percent of people receiving care have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life through individualized psychiatric services.

“There’s help here, and guidance in every step,” said our client Janine. “You’re not alone when you come here.”