Helping those with Mental Illness

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hhhHolly Geraci and Peter Francis Geraci take mental health problems seriously. Holly has supported organizations, like Thresholds, helping people 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 effecting nonprofits in Illinois.  State cutbacks, due to a budget which is still seeking approval.  The lack of a budget, although it may not harm and Bruce Rauner, harms mental health facilities ability to help those in need.

Mental Health is a concern and funding for mental health issues is becoming limited. In 2014, there was an estimated 9.8 million adults suffering from Serious Mental Health Illness. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and 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.”

However, people suffer from more than serious mental disorders. People can suffer from anxiety disorders, compulsive disorders, panic disorders, social phobias and even attention disorders. In 2014, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults suffering from some form of mental illness.

It is important to assist nonprofit organizations, like Thresholds provides healthcare and housing for thousands of individuals with mental illness each your. Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with Mental Illiness in Illinois. Thresholds offers 30 innovative programs at more than 100 locations in Illinois throughout Chicago, surrounding counties and suburbs.

Visit for more information on mental health illness, Thresholds, Covenant Enabling Residences of Illinois and the Josselyn Center.

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