Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help In 2009

Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help In 2009











Mental Illness Awareness Week — Oct. 4-10


Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) September 24, 2009 –

One in four Americans over the age of 18 experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but a significant number go untreated, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), Oct. 4-10, 2009. Organizations, including Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services, are working to highlight the availability of support to individuals and their families.

Mental illness includes major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders. About 6 percent, or one in 17 Americans, live with the most serious disorders such as schizophrenia. Less than a third of adults and less than half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, according to NAMI.

“We know that with early detection, appropriate treatment and support from family and friends, people with mental illness can lead healthy, rewarding lives,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director.

NAMI provides a number of resources and support including:

    Find Your Local NAMI: Locate a support group in your area with this online directory.
    Medications: Find details on specific medications, dosages and treatment information.
    Information HelpLine: Reach a volunteer with your questions on information, referrals and support by calling (800) 950-6264, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Mental illness can affect anyone at any time. Treatment works, but only when those who are affected seek help. The entire community benefits when it recognizes the importance of mental health to everyone’s well-being and overall health.

Allsup is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week with free posters available to hospitals, clinics and other community groups by calling Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 5770.

MIAW contact:

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Christine Armstrong

(703) 524-7600

Free posters:

Allsup

Karen Hercules-Doerr

(800) 854-1418, ext. 5770

http://www.allsupcares.com

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NAMI Wake is Offering Free Support Groups for People with Mental Illness in Local Communities

NAMI Wake is Offering Free Support Groups for People with Mental Illness in Local Communities










Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) August 19, 2011

NAMI Wake County, Raleigh, NC announces the expansion of support groups and classes for people with mental illness and family members. NAMI Wake County is the largest provider of support and education for people with mental illness and family members in the Triangle area of NC. Recently, the organization has partnered with Wake County to offer support groups to people who suffer from life-related stress and depression. These groups expand the capacity of NAMI Wake to serve more citizens who might benefit from receiving peer related supported. Groups are now available in Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina and additional groups will be forming in other Wake County locations. Other groups are ongoing in Raleigh that offer support for a variety of illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and others. Separate groups are also available for family members of people living these disorders. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.nami.wake.org.

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Food Safety Thrives When Consumers Focus on Five – Focusing on Five Easy Steps Helps Consumers Reduce Their Risk of Foodborne Illness

Food Safety Thrives When Consumers Focus on Five -
Focusing on Five Easy Steps Helps Consumers Reduce Their Risk of Foodborne Illness













Washington, D.C. (Vocus) September 1, 2009

September marks the start of Food Safety Education month, a time for consumers to incorporate safe food handling practices that can reduce their risk of foodborne illness into their daily routine. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2009 Food & Health Survey, 52 percent of consumers perceive foodborne illness as the most important food safety issue, but the survey also found that people have room for improvement when it comes to following proper food safety practices at home.

Today, in a special Food Safety Education Month kick-off Web cast, experts highlighted the risks of not practicing proper food safety precautions at home.

“It’s important for people to know that they have some control in keeping their food safe,” said Robert Gravani, Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. “It’s remarkable how easy it is to incorporate simple food safety steps into your every day routine.”

5 Food Safety Steps to Keep Consumers Safe:

Purchasing: Make sure meat, poultry and seafood products — whether raw, pre-packaged, or from the deli — are refrigerated when purchased.
Cooking: Always cook to “Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures” and use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of your food.
Holding: Hold hot foods above 140 °F and cold foods below 40 °F.
Separating: Use one cutting board for fresh produce — and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
Cleaning: Always wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before beginning food preparation; after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or touching pets.

It’s important that proper food safety practices are followed throughout the food supply chain, from food manufacturers to government, farmers, retailers, government and consumers.

“The Food & Health survey data shows that consumers agree that food safety is a shared responsibility” said Tony Flood, Director of Food Safety Communications at the Foundation, “They’re looking to manufacturers and government first, but they also understand that they have a role to play too.”

The Foundation also has additional materials available on a wide range of food safety and defense issues available at http://www.ific.org/publications/other/foodsafetyresources.cfm.

For additional information on food safety, a copy of the 2009 Food & Health Survey or to schedule an interview with an expert please call the Foundation Media Team at 202-296-6540.

The International Food Information Council Foundation will effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. IFIC Foundation materials are available at http://ific.org/newsroom. For interviews with scientific experts or for more information, call (202) 296-6540.

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