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The Facts

Mental health, mental illness, addiction and
recovery: let us give you the lowdown.

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It’s important to know that it’s common for people to experience some symptoms of a different disorder at different times.  What makes it a disorder is the severity of the symptoms, the symptoms negatively affect your day-to-day life, and persistence of the symptoms over time.  For a proper diagnosis, you and your mental health professional will need to evaluate your past and current symptoms in the context of your history and current situation.

Did you know…

  • Many people face discrimination when suffering with mental health, addiction, and recovery. However, several people help break the stigma by raising awareness of what their reality is
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental illness, addiction, or recovery, there is treatment! People do recover! You can follow Ally’s blog as she shares her experience with addiction and recovery
  • When discussing mental health, addiction, and recovery, society can fuel and feed the stigma by words used. To help break stigma, the language needs to be changed. There are ways to help understand and change this language
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental health disorder or addiction, there are behaviors and definitions to help you understand

Populations that are especially vulnerable to mental health and substance use and addiction issues include:

  • Veterans (PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury)
    • According to the Department of  Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014.
    • You can find in your community support for Veterans
  • The LGBTQ community (due to stigma and prejudice  in society)
    • We have amazing resources to support LGBTQIA’s
  • Individuals who place on the autism spectrum, including people with Asperger’s (depression and anxiety due to  social isolation)
  • The homeless, immigrants, minorities and other marginalized populations are especially vulnerable.
    • NAMI reports that minorities are among the most vulnerable individuals to mental health issues. Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics account for 48.8% of reported cases of mental illness in the United States.
    • Follow Kevin’s blog as he shares about his life of being a gay immigrant in the black community. He looks at how one can be impacted by global and national issues of race, sexuality & immigration.


 
  • Stat

    1 in 5 CT Residents will
    experience a mental health
    problem in any given year.

  • Stat

    With treatment 70 - 90% of people
    have a significantly improved
    quality of life.

  • Stat

    14.6% of CT high schoolers
    had serious thoughts of
    suicide in the past year.

  • Stat

    10.3% of CT 12-17 year olds
    reported using drugs recently.

  • Stat

    1 out of 4 CT college-aged students
    experienced major psychological
    distress in the past year.

  • Stat

    46.5% of US college students felt
    hopeless for two weeks or more.

  • Stat

    26.5% of CT residents age 12 and
    up report binge drinking-having 5
    or more drinks at a time.

  • Stat

    1 in 4 CT highschoolers felt sad
    or hopeless for two weeks or
    more in the past year.

  • Stat

    8.9% of CT highschoolers report not
    eating for 24 hours of more because
    of body image issues.