Louisiana observes Mental Illness Awareness Week
POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 9:46am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 6-12, 2013 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses.
The Louisiana Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be having a gathering on Wednesday, October 9th at 10 a.m. in North Boulevard Town Square to promote awareness.
Among those at the event will ber Mayor Kip Holden, Gail Grover - Assistant Chief Administration Officer, Senator Sharon Weston Broome, Dr. William Clark of the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office and personal testimony from Tracy Moseley of NAMI St. Tammany.
Examples of mental illnessees are major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in five young people aged 13 to 18 also experience mental illness. In fact, one-half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14--three-quarters by age 24.
• About 42 million Americans live with anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• About 15 million live with major depression.
• About 6 million live with bipolar disorder.
• About 2.6 million live with schizophrenia.
Learn more about NAMI Louisiana at www.namilouisiana.org .