The National Mental Health Association (NAMI) is hosting a mental health month to encourage more mental health scholarships.
On March 17, NAMI will host a national teleconference and symposium to encourage people to apply for mental health services through scholarships, which can range from $500 to $10,000.
“It’s time to start thinking about mental health more broadly,” NAMI’s director of policy and advocacy, Stephanie McGovern, told The American Press.
“There are so many people who have struggled with mental illness, but it’s still not being recognized and supported.”
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which runs the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of the world’s leading health care organizations for the mental health community.
Its annual report, the National Mental Survey of 2013, found that about 15 percent of Americans had been diagnosed with a mental illness.
About two-thirds of the respondents reported that they had been in the past year with a person with a diagnosed mental illness or a family member with a family with a mentally ill person.
About one-third of the survey respondents had been on medication for a mental disorder.NAMI, a nonprofit organization that advocates for mental illness patients and families, is hosting the teleconference.
“We’ve been hearing a lot about the importance of mental health and we really need to be thinking about that,” McGovern said.
“People need to get off of their meds and get help and find a way to make their own way.”
The teleconference, scheduled for March 17 at 3 p.m., will include keynote speaker and CEO of NAMI, Dr. Mary Kelleher.
It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the NAMI board of directors.
The event will be streamed live on NAMI.org.
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