Mental and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. Nearly one in five Americans in all age groups has some form of diagnosable mental illness. Stigma keeps some people from accessing care. Remember that, just as with any disease, it is not a sign of weakness to admit that a person or a family needs help. In fact, it really is a sign of strength. We know the number one way to start someone on the road to recovery is for them to talk about their feelings with others. Yes, simple talking may be the best way to treat mental illness. We also know that the sooner a person does this, the better the outcome of their treatment.
Mental health care is not always easy to access. Sometimes the process is hard to navigate, but the good news is that there are providers in your community to help you navigate complicated systems of care and of insurance. Keep at it and use this guide to help you find your way. Some recent changes to the United States health system are removing barriers to accessing behavioral health services. A range of health plans are being required to cover essential benefits, including mental health and substance abuse disorders, with at least an equal level of benefits as the plans offer for the treatment of physical health problems.
DON’T GIVE UP. Not every program fits everyone. Sometimes people need to explore a few programs until they find the right fit. Remember we are all different, and we all have different needs; that is what makes us all special. Successful treatment should focus on you and not the program. DON’T GIVE UP. Not every prog ram fits everyone.
To learn more visit samhsa.gov/treatment