The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sonoma County is the recipient of a grant from The Petaluma Community Foundation. The grant is being used during the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year to conduct support groups and education courses about mental illness for children, teens and adults in Petaluma, CA. This grant will help the people of Sonoma County have better access to assistance for their mental health needs.
As many California residents confront the issue of mental health, both their own and that of their loved ones, many find they know little about mental health disorders. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) defines a mental health disorder as a health condition characterized by changes in thoughts, mood or behavior. It is often associated with distress and impaired functioning and may cause further problems like disability, pain or death. Mental illness is a term referring collectively to all diagnosable mental health disorders. The CDPH also gives some statistics regarding mental health issues and mental illness:
- Approximately 25 percent of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder each year.
- About 16.3 percent of all adults believe they need mental health help each year.
- More than 4 million Californians may be at risk for distress, pain, disability and death due to mental health disorders.
A Treatable Health Problem
Mental disorders may be more common than the average Californian thinks, but they are also treatable disorders. As the issues of mental health receive more attention, people across the country are seeking help. If you or someone you love in Petaluma needs professional mental health treatment, please call us today to learn more about care options.