Today, DHS, in collaboration with PA’s Partners in Mental Health, hosted the 2016 Mental Health Awareness Fair in Harrisburg to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders. Additionally, Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed May to be Mental Health Awareness Month
“Every Pennsylvanian is affected in some way by mental illness and substance use disorders. In order to cut the stigma associated with these illnesses, we must build awareness,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The department is committed to providing quality care to these individuals, in hopes that every Pennsylvanian is granted access to these critical services for their well-being.”
Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians live with a mental health concern. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is working to end the stigma associated with mental health issues. One in four Americans will experience mental illness while one in four has a substance use disorder in their families. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in the US today, 8.4 million people have co-occurring disorders – both mental illness and substance use disorder – but only 7.4 percent of these individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.
Each mental illness has its own set of symptoms but some common signs of mental illness can include the following: