By Troy Wilde
Nevada News Service
Creating more awareness about the services available for
people suffering with mental illness is the focus of this week’s
Mental Illness Awareness Week. The National Alliance on Mental Illness
says one American in four lives with some form of mental illness.
According to NAMI Media Relations Director Bob Carolla, a big
challenge of getting treatment is overcoming the cultural stigma
attached to mental illness.
“And that’s another reason we have Mental Illness Awareness Week,
which is to help break down the stigma and to educate people,” he
explained. “And hopefully also to local communities, let them know
where they can go to get help if they need it.”
Carolla said the most common forms of mental illness are bipolar
disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, and that another big
challenge is that treatment and services are more limited in
“Generally there is not enough access to mental health care,” he said.
“And it’s been particularly brutal, you know, during the economic
recession that we’re still coming out of.”
Carolla said many states cut funding for mental-health services during
the Great Recession, when people needed such services even more than