Did you know that an estimated 26.2 percent of
Americans ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year? Metal health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United
States today. Most people realize that mental wellness is essential to one’s overall health and well-being, yet sometimes life events can affect us. The Do More for the 1 in 4 Campaign is a call to action, to help those who are living with a mental illness - experience an improved quality of life.
While having a mental illness may be common, people need to understand that many mental health conditions are treatable and individuals can recover and go on to lead productive lives. The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare recently stated, “Two-thirds of those who experience a mental illness go without treatment, mostly because of inability to access care and also due to stigma.” It is shame that so many people in this country live with a mental health condition and never seek help due to lack of information, stigma or lack of insurance coverage. It is time to change that and bring mental health conversations and awareness out of the dark.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is calling on individuals and the business community to help the 1 in 4 adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition. Early identification and treatment is important and can transform lives. Fund raising activities held by individuals and businesses would go a long way in providing services to neighbors, friends and family members who are in need of care.
Some fundraising ideas to consider could include; organize or participate in a local walk or run and ask friends, neighbors and colleagues to support your efforts; initiate a casual Friday campaign throughout the month of May at your place of work in which participants submit a donation for the cause; bring a fund-raising idea to your local running club, bike club or book club; engage in a social media campaign to bring awareness to the issue and the need for community mental health services; sign up for Lite up The Nite for Mental Health 5k this June, in which proceeds help to provide charitable mental health services; or consider other unique initiatives that could help to raise funds for those who are in need of mental healthcare within the greater Manchester community.
Please show your support for mental wellness - as everyone deserves a running start in
life! If you know of anyone who is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness please have them contact their local community mental health organization.To make a donation to the Do More for the 1 in 4 Campaign, click here. Proceeds from fundraisers conducted in support of the Do More for The 1 in 4 can be sent to : MHCGM, Attn. Development Office, 401 Cypress Street, Manchester, NH 03103