Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 percent and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports. While these policies are well-known for providing financial support when employees are unable to work due to ill-health or disability, they also increasingly offer much fuller support, including for mental health. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds North Dakota had the country's largest increase in suicide rates - 57% - between 1999 and 2016.
Patty Kujawa and other advocates for mental health care came to Madison to help erase the stigma around the topic of mental health and speak with lawmakers about taking concrete steps to help young people in Wisconsin.
If you or someone you know is fighting a mental illness, there are resources available to assist, and if you visit your local ER, you should be able to find help.
How do we end the stigma?
'The group risk industry is at the forefront of supporting mental health in the workplace, and the employers that utilise group protection to support the mental wellbeing of their staff are the winners. "Together we can raise awareness and end the stigma often associated with mental illness in children and adolescents".
"It really supports this government's agenda around connecting Ontarians, and making sure that it's a connected mental health and addiction strategy", she said.
Researcher and post-doctoral candidate Jordan Edwards says, "We know it has impacts on mental health and mental health is something is something that can happen acutely - so immediately upon arrival - but also something that can have an impact on health outcomes over time". Mental Health First Aid (mentalhealthfirstaid.org) is an eight-hour course that teaches how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance-use challenge.
I encourage everyone who reads this article to have at least one discussion about mental health with someone they care about during this month of mental health awareness.