Rushville Republican

Health

May 28, 2013

Start a conversation during Mental Health Month

RUSHVILLE — May has been Mental Health Month, an annual observation to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders as well as the effective treatments that are available. This month is an ideal time for us to start a conversation about mental health, confront misconceptions and come together as a community to protect the health of those who will face a mental illness this year.

This May marks a particularly poignant Mental Health Month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA), a brave and compassionate act that has changed the landscape of how America addresses mental illness. President Kennedy sought to bring mental illness “out of the shadows” with this legislation, which provided federal funding for mental health research and spearheaded a new effort to move care for those with mental illnesses from isolation in hospitals and asylums to community mental health centers. The president asked America to diminish the stigma, shame and fear that had surrounded mental illness for far too long.

So, have we succeeded in achieving this goal? In many ways, we have, but there is still room for improvement.

One in every four people in our nation - approximately 1.6 million Hoosiers - will experience a mental health disorder this year. The impact of this statistic can be seen across our region in many ways. For example, diagnosable mental disorders make up more than 90 percent of suicide deaths each year, and adults with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than average Americans.

Fortunately, our ability to effectively treat those with even very serious mental illnesses has vastly improved, and researchers and clinicians continue to uncover new knowledge about the brain. We have effective interventions, medications, innovative services and wonderful support programs that help transform lives. Of those who seek treatment, between 70 to 90 percent have conditions that can be effectively treated or managed. Community-based mental health centers also are saving lives by removing barriers to treatment for individuals of all ages.

Despite the fact that treatments and access to care have improved greatly, only 30 percent of those who face a mental illness will receive the mental health services they need. Thousands of friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues with mental illness and addiction disorders remain untreated.  So, our work remains far from complete.

To realize President Kennedy’s vision of bringing mental illness “out of the shadows” and finally remove the stigma surrounding mental illness, we must not be afraid to discuss mental health and addiction concerns. We must encourage others to seek the help they need and generate awareness of mental health and addiction disorders. If we do these things, together we can help individuals with mental illness and addiction find the resources within their communities they need to heal and live full and productive lives.

Suzanne Koesel, LCSW, is CEO of Centerstone Indiana, a not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services. For more information on Centerstone, call 800.344.8802 or visit www.centerstone.org<http://www.centerstone.org/>.

1
Text Only
Health
  • hea-rv081914-purple pic Brian's Cause benefits local patients Saturday, the 5th annual Brian’s Cause – Together We Can fundraiser will take place at Rush Memorial Hospital. In the four previous years, over $15,000 from the Brian’s Cause Cancer Treatment Relief Fund has been dispersed to help Rush County cancer

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Baby Love: Helps women commit to a smoke-free pregnancy NEW CASTLE - You have heard smoking while pregnant may lead to low birth weight, premature birth and increase risk of birth defects. But, did you know being a smoker can make getting pregnant more difficult and can increase the risk of miscarriage. I

    August 19, 2014

  • hea-rv081214-brians cause graphic RMH goes purple for Brian's Cause Rush Memorial Hospital employees rallied together to register their support for the 5th annual Brian’s Cause – Together We Can fundraising event. Employees were given an opportunity to register for the Brian’s Cause event, the Together We Can in COLO

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • hea-rv081214-lieberman headshot What happens when we get too much health care? Several years ago the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. healthcare. Many Americans get too much at the same time others get too little. And those in both gro

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indiana joins lawsuit against burdensome EPA regulations INDIANAPOLIS—The State of Indiana today joined 11 other states in a lawsuit against the carbon dioxide regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed. The lawsuit charges that the EPA does not have the legal authority to

    August 5, 2014

  • hea-rv080514-boomer pic Get FIT with Boomer Aug. 16, the Fitness Initiative Team of Rush County will sponsor a free Family Fitness Fair at the Rush County Fairgrounds. The fair is to kick-off a 9-month campaign to increase the awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrit

    August 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Who wins the race for patients--the ER or the Urgent Care Center? Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Co., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not med

    July 29, 2014

  • hea-rv072914-muskrats pic Muskrats Support Brian's Cause What started years ago as the Homer Muskrats has now become the Rush County Muskrats.“This group of men meet quarterly for organized, competitive shoots and then enjoy getting together for a great game of cards – usually euchre,” according to member

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5th Brian's Cause Event Registration Open Plans are well under way for the 5th annual Brian’s Cause – Together We Can fundraising event for the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Brian’s Cause Cancer Treatment Relief Fund. The steering committee recently met to review the event progress to

    July 29, 2014

  • August blood drives hosted by Indiana Blood Center Indiana Blood Center is the state’s largest non-profit blood provider, supplying blood components to more than 60 hospitals statewide. In the past month, Indiana Blood Center saw 12,297 volunteer blood donors at both its eight donor centers and 431 b

    July 29, 2014