Mental Health in the United States

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mh1According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, “1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in a given year.” and “1 in 25 adults suffers from a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life event.

Mental health.”  Serious Mental illness is defined as, “A mental, behavior or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and substance use disorders); diagnosable currently or within the past year; of sufficient duration to meet the criteria within the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders); and, resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interfered with or limits one or more major life events.”

Some of the most common mental health problems include depression and anxiety, but individuals can suffer from either schizophrenia or bipolar disorders.  Interestingly, people can suffer from more than one mental health disorder at a time.  Individuals can suffer from depression while also dealing with an obsessive compulsive disorder.  Without proper diagnosis and treatment, lives for people suffering from mental illness can be difficult.  Imagine not being able to work, maintain friendships or simply be accepted into everyday society.

Holly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci take mental health problems seriously. Holly is an active advocate for those suffering from mental health problems.  As a resident of Chicago, Illinois, Holly Geraci and her husband, Peter Francis Geraci, remain up to date on the issues nonprofits are facing in Illinois.  Continuing without a state approved budget and any Federal cutbacks can be crippling to a nonprofit’s ability to serve those in need.  You can learn more about the mental health programs Holly Geraci Supports by clicking on the links below. Covenant Enabling Residences of Illinois, Thresholds, and the Josselyn Center.

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