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  • Communities

    It’s in everyone’s best interest for cities, towns, community groups, and local health centers to educate their members about mental health and substance use and assist with early recovery.

  • 20 %
    of adults in the US experience a mental illness each year
  • 51 %
    of US adults who experience a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental illness
  • 155
    people die each day die from opioid overdoses

The Role of Communities

Communities are suffering a behavioral health crisis. Depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health problems are complicated and may have multiple underlying causes. Too often, suicide can become the worst outcome of mental illness and substance use. One fact is certain – it’s imperative that community organizations such as local hospitals, churches, youth organizations, towns, and cities help their members through difficult times.

When treatment is focused only on the later stages of mental illness or substance use, it can become costly not only to the individual, but also to the community at large. Early intervention can prevent the potentially devastating effects including: unemployment, homelessness, poverty, and suicide. Community organizations can play a major role in shaping the overall health and wellness of their members by increasing access to reliable information.

Prevention Through Education

Fear and stigma are two of the leading deterrents for those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use conditions. Community leaders play an important role in providing facts about mental illness and substance use, correcting misconceptions, and connecting people to helpful resources. Most mental health conditions are treatable – early identification and intervention are directly tied to improved health outcomes for both acute and chronic mental health conditions.

Interested in learning more about a MindWise Screening program for your community?

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