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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Privasoft’s ?Amazing Christmas Race? Raises More than 600 Pounds of Food for Ottawa Food Bank

Privasoft’s ‘Amazing Christmas Race’ Raises More than 600 Pounds of Food for Ottawa Food Bank











Ottawa ON (Vocus) February 4, 2010

Privasoft, an Ottawa software company and leading provider of freedom of information process automation software announced today that the Ottawa Food Bank has reported their holiday donation to amount to more than 600 pounds of non-perishable groceries. During the company’s recent Holiday party, held on December 4, 2009, employees took part in Privasoft’s “Amazing Christmas Race”. This team building exercise not only brought employees closer together, but also gave them a way to help others in a time when many Holiday parties involve thousands of dollars in entertainment.

Privasoft employees scoured the city on a scavenger hunt that led them through the task of purchasing food from the Food Bank’s list of “Most Needed Items” to a finish line which brought them by foot to personally deliver their donations to the Michael Street Food Bank headquarters.

The Ottawa Food Bank operates under the motto “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world”, a concept that was successfully transferred to Privasoft’s employees as illustrated in employee Peter Henry’s independent blog post, where he exclaimed that “This things NOT JUST a scavenger hunt for fun now, this is turning into something much, much, MUCH BIGGER than us, our team, or our company!”

The Privasoft team delivered over 600 pounds to the Ottawa Food Bank that night, ensuring that a few more Ottawans in need would have food for the holidays. Nicole Gibson, the Director of Marketing at Privasoft, stated that “We have been donating to the Ottawa Food Bank every Christmas for 5 years…this was the first Amazing Race, but won’t be the last!”

About Privasoft (http://www.Privasoft.com)

Privasoft provides software and services to automate case management in the public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government.

They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA and Brentford, Middlesex.

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