According to Mental Health America, 50 million US adults suffer from some form of mental illness. That’s 19.86% of the adult population that struggles in some way with a mental health condition, of which, more than half do not receive any sort of treatment. With nearly 1 in 5 American adults having a diagnosable mental health condition, the need for mental health awareness grows with every passing day.
With most physical, chronic illnesses, like Cancer, Asthma, Heart Disease, or Crohn’s Disease, treatment begins immediately to address the symptoms and provide greater longevity to those suffering. When someone begins to experience the beginning stages of a disease and exhibit symptoms like shortness of breath, a tightening chest, or stomach pain, care is taken to quickly treat those symptoms so that they do not turn into something greater.
The same mentality should be taken when addressing mental health conditions. As soon as someone begins to exhibit symptoms such as, feeling depressed, feeling sluggish all the time, feeling anxious, losing sleep, or thinking of committing suicide, it is imperative to provide that same intervention as one would when being treated for something physical. Initially, early symptoms may be fleeting, and possibly may even go away on their own. However, when the symptoms do not disappear, ignoring them without the right treatment can cause them to manifest into something much more devastating, that not only affects the individual, but those around them, too.
Our goal at Alexandria-Washington #22 is to provide insights into various mental health conditions so that those struggling can identify how they are feeling, and seek the proper treatment available. As a fraternal organization, we are charged with looking after one another as much as we can, and as far as our abilities may permit. We aim to assist those in need, and want to offer information that may prove beneficial to those looking for assistance, to provide that support that will help those in living full and rewarding lives.