Mental Health in America
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness month. Mental illness affects Americans without regard to race, ethnicity, social standing, financial status, and education levels. In the United States, within a years’ time, one in five adults will experience mental illness. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 25 adults and 1 in 5 youth face a serious mental illness each year. Serious mental illnesses can be the cause of chronic medical conditions and can even shorten an American adults’ life by up to 25 years.
Many individuals living with mental illness are going without a diagnosis or seeking out medical treatment for several reasons; one of which is lack of affordable care. Managing a mental illness can prove to be costly when you visit a mental health specialist frequently and/or are on medications to help manage your illness. The Pace Navigator program is here to help individuals navigate through affordable health insurance options in hopes of helping Americans afford to reach a healthier mental state.
A few common types of mental illness that affect Americans are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders. According to the NAMI, major depression is considered a mood disorder which is the third most common cause for hospitalization in the United States. Sixteen million Americans have had a major depressive episode in the last year. Furthermore, approximately 18% of Americans have an anxiety disorder in the United States.
If you need assistance regarding healthcare options, call your local Healthcare Navigator today. For Knox and Gibson County, call 812-881-1934. In Daviess County call 812-830-7927 - Greene County call 812-890-2322 - Martin County call 812-881-1645. For more information, visit www.pacecaa.org or www.CKFindiana.org.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
Covering Kids & Families of Indiana (CKF-IN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Hoosiers have accessible healthcare coverage. CKF-IN promotes and facilitates healthcare coverage by building coalitions to enroll, educate, and support Hoosiers and by advocating for strong inclusive public policies. For more information, visit www.ckfindiana.org