MCC Daily Tribune
Learn the Facts About Why Mental Health Matters
We invite you to broaden your idea of what health is as you read this affirming definition by Donald Barr (2014): "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity...health involves health of the body, health of the mind and the emotions, and health of the social context in which one lives." We at the Counseling Center and Disability Services office believe that mental health matters. Our staff is committed to reducing stigma surrounding mental health, raising awareness, and helping break down barriers which prevent individuals from receiving support for what are often invisible conditions.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
*NAMI information comes from studies conducted by organizations such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. Please know that there is help, there is hope, and no one should have to navigate their challenges alone. Many evidence-based treatments exist for mental health disorders. We can help you get connected to support services, if need be.
Student Guide to Mental Health:
If you or someone you know is facing a mental health emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
Be well, stay safe, and please reach out to us if you are in need of additional support.
With warm regards,
Counseling Center & Disability Services Team
Phone: (585) 292-2140 *Press 1 for Disability & 2 for Counseling
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Counseling Center & Disability Services