One in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness. One in 20 experiences a severe mental illness. For children, it’s 17%, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That organization has a resource to help provide hope and understanding to people struggling and their friends and families.
Mental health conditions are not one size fits all. There are anxiety disorders, depression; a big one that affects many of us is stress, and several more.
Navigating these conditions is where the real challenge comes in. Whether it’s you, a friend, or a loved one dealing with it. You can visit the site by clicking here.
A website from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an excellent resource for finding help and understanding.
On the site, you can look up the different conditions that you or a friend may be battling and see their definition.
Then you can read more about symptoms, learn about treatment and support groups.
If you are looking for more information, you can call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-6264 if you are in crisis. You can also get help over text by messaging 741-741.
Mental health resources in Southwest Florida
Below are mental health resources available to Southwest Floridians at the national and local level.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
David Lawrence Center (Collier County)
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Collier County
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry Counties
The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a free handbook
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers
Collier County Mental Health Court
Lee County Mental Health Court
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Local Support Groups: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help)
Local veterans resource: Home Base SWFL