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Striking Out Stigma

NAMI bowl-a-thon

Most people know it’s important to seek treatment for physical ailments. We wouldn’t just ignore a broken bone hoping it will get better on its own. Unfortunately, the same doesn’t hold true for mental health concerns.

One in five adults (close to 60 million Americans) and one in five children (ages 13-18) experience a mental health disorder in a given year. With those staggering statistics, we all have someone in our personal circle affected by mental illness.

Tragically, less than one-third of adults and one-half of children will receive the necessary mental health intervention to treat their disorders. All too often people feel ashamed and blamed for their illness, or too embarrassed to seek help. Stigma remains one of the biggest barriers preventing people from seeking treatment.

NAMI Fox Valley (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is committed to overcoming misconceptions about mental illness. Their goal is to replace stigma with compassion and understanding. Through education, and with access to quality mental health care, treatment works. Mental health recovery is possible.

Network Health believes in NAMI’s mission of supporting and empowering those affected by mental illness. NAMI’s vision, to live in a stigma-free community and society that supports and promotes mental health and recovery, helps build healthier communities.

On Saturday, October 3, 2015 Network Health staff will be participating in the third annual Strike Out Stigma Bowl-a-Thon. Join us and have a great time for a great cause. To register or to learn more about the Bowl-a-Thon and how you can get involved, visit NAMI’s website.

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