One out of five people in America has a mental illness (more than two million Ohioans), yet less than one-third of affected adults and one-half of children receive treatment. Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through willpower and are not related to a person’s character or intelligence. They are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning, and ability to relate to others. People affected can be of any age, race, religion or income.
When mental health services are not available to those in need, the impact is felt in all areas of Ohio’s economy and society:
The good news is that recovery is possible. Early identification and treatment is very important. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can get relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan. Society stands to gain from making the same commitment to mental health treatment that it makes to other medical conditions. Recovery and resiliency enable adults and children with serious mental illness to recover and live, work, and participate fully in their communities.