By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO
Mental Health America
This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, MHA.org
Did you know that mental health conditions affect roughly HALF of Americans?
When people don’t take the steps to address illness at the first sign of trouble, it typically takes up to ten years to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
MHA is working to show that there is a better way.
That is why MHA’s online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other common mental health issues are so necessary and important. They’re really the cornerstone of identifying mental illness before a “crisis point”—and, in turn, promoting recovery before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4).
As this short video below illustrates, this is what Mental Health America (MHA) is trying to do when people have mental health illnesses too. When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should act.
Our mission is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the crisis point. We promote early prevention, identification, and intervention to dramatically shorten the gap between the first signs of mental health problems and getting help.
And that is why I am asking you to take the next step in this fight to dramatically improve mental health in America by making one tax-deductible gift to MHA in the amount of $25, $50, or $75 today. A donation of just $25 can help up to 20 individuals take a mental health screening.
Screening improves the chances of getting treatment. Your gift can help us expand this groundbreaking program that will get MORE Americans screened and aware of their mental health.
It’s not going to be easy. But it can be done. And it will get done with caring people like you helping us to provide support for those with mental illness, and getting them on a path towards recovery.
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