Today Recovery Unplugged recognizes and observes the 25th annual World Mental Health Day, an event established by the World Federation of Mental Health to promote awareness and education regarding mental health and to support those who struggle daily with mental illness. This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace, a subject to which the tens of millions of workers in the United States can certainly relate. Events like World Mental Health go a long way to erode the stigma associated with mental illness, which leads to meaningful conversation and subsequent reforms in treatment and perception. In the most competitive economic climate in global history, it’s worth taking a look at how we treat ourselves, our colleagues and our subordinates in the workplace.
The State of Mental Health in The United States
If you don’t think that World Mental Health day is on your radar or that mental illness is a problem that concerns you or your community, consider the following facts:
- 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year
- 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness
- 1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia
- 6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder
- 9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression
- 1% (or 42 million) live with an anxiety disorder
- 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness
Underlying mental illness is one of the primary drivers of addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that nearly eight million people struggle with co-occurring addiction and mental illness.
Participation in this year’s World Mental Health Day can be something as basic as educating ourselves regarding workplace mental health issues and resolving to be more sensitive to our more vulnerable colleagues. Recovery Unplugged strives to extend the spirit of this occasion all other days of the year and we are here to treat anyone suffering from co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. Let’s keep the conversation going.