Navigation Links
Mental Illness Awareness Week: What You Should Know, Including PBS Broadcasts, Oct. 4-10
Date:10/1/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 4-10, 2009 and as part of its observance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling attention to a program now airing on PBS, "Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness."

Observed annually the first full week in October, Congress established MIAW as a time to raise public awareness of serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Other diagnoses include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and borderline personality disorder.

  • About 60 million Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. One in 17 lives with the most serious conditions. Less than a third get treatment.
  • Half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14, but 10 or more years may pass between onset of symptoms and getting help.

"The first step in combating mental illness is education," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.

  • Learn about symptoms that are warning signs.
  • Learn about different diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Discuss any concerns with a doctor.

Early identification is often the key to recovery. Treatment may involve combinations of medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy ("talk therapy"), peer support groups or community services. Diet, exercise, sleep and social support networks also play a role.

"As a society, we also need to strengthen the mental health care system and put an end to the stigma," Fitzpatrick said.

Many PBS stations nationwide will begin airing Minds on the Edge, produced by Fred Friendly Seminars, Inc., during MIAW. The program explores the medical, legal, and personal dimensions of that broader challenge.

CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS

"Minds on the Edge is perfect for public education," said Fitzpatrick. "The program brings together some of the best minds in the nation for a fast-paced, lively discussion. It includes realistic scenarios of what can happen to anyone at any time."

In the program, 12 experts -- including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel Prize-winning neurologist Eric Kandel and law professor Elyn Saks, who lives with schizophrenia and recently was honored with a $500,000 "genius grant" from the McArthur Foundation -- are forced to "role play" and confront assumptions in order to define issues and solutions.

SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Construction Begins on $50 Million Campus for Autism and Developmental Disability Life Quality
2. New Online Continuing Education Course on Near-Death Experience Added to HealthForumOnline's Library for Mental Health Professionals
3. Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
4. Experimental AIDS Vaccine Delivers Good News
5. Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help In 2009
6. United Cerebral Palsy Presents Online Resource for Parents of Young Children with Developmental Delays
7. Environmental Tectonics Corporation Places a BARA-MED(R) XD Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber with Comprehensive Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
8. NAMI-OC 5K Walk Funds Free Mental Health Programs in Orange County
9. Experimental approach may reverse rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
10. Veterans Healing Initiative Formed to Help Meet Burgeoning Addiction and Mental Health Issues of Returning U.S. Veterans
11. Experimental drug lets B cells live and lymphoma cells die
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... The Masters of Science ... evaluation leaders with decades of experience who remain current practitioners in the field. ... system, there is a renewed demand for versatile, data-driven leadership.The American University’s MS ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Moisture measurement is a ... method is paramount to success. Selecting an inappropriate measurement method can cause costly ... use the same equipment. Rare or expensive substances are wasted and production may ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Gynecology Associates of ... gynecological services for women of all ages. The staff of Gynecology ... of reproductive services from routine health screenings to diagnosing and treating female concerns ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... ... “Some Infallible Characteristics of Christ”: a fascinating and entrancing novel exploring the ... of published author, Rev. Dr. Robert W. Thomas, the third of seven siblings. He ... nineteen, a pastor for over fifteen years. He is a graduate of N.C. College ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... January 22, 2017 , ... Medical lab testing through hospitals and ... a simple test will take days to arrive to the end customer, having to ... access to their lab tests, bypassing the cost and delay of traditional means. Now ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... Jan 23, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Trends - Product - Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... Report Highlights: ... market trends to identify the investment opportunities Market forecasts ... Key market trends across the business segments, Regions and Countries ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... Jan. 23, 2017  Using Astute Medical,s ... risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) after open-heart ... care guidelines significantly improved outcomes by ... more than 33 percent, according to a ... Intensive Care Medicine. Experience ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... January 23, 2017 Ahead of today,s trading ... how they have fared at the close: Kite Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ... OVAS ), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... were relative laggards on Friday, January 20 th , 2017, down ... research reports on these stocks now at: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: