We’ve come a long way in this country, since the days when many mental illnesses went unrecognized, or someone who was suffering from a mental illness was labeled crazy and therefore, often shunned.
While we now have much better knowledge of mental illnesses, we still have a long way to go. I know how hard it has been for me to share with friends, and even family, that I have been on antidepressants for many years. It’s been hard to admit too, how much I’ve suffered with my own case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The funny thing is, once you get to talking to people nowadays, it’s amazing how many people are in the same boat. So I’m going to keep sharing my experience, as I inevitably, end up learning a lot from others.
Fortunately, there are many great organizations working to educate the public on the mental health of all Americans. Mental Health America is one of those organizations committed to improving the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
Mental Health America was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as Mental Health America.
Their work has resulted in positive change. They have educated millions about mental illnesses and have reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of Mental Health America’s efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and are now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities. Hallelujah!
Plus, if you are interested in the psychology/mental health field, they offer career and intern opportunities. You can also subscribe to their free newsletter and read their blog. They are a great resource.