Over the past decade mental illness has become less stigmatized and now most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a mental illness. For some time, epidemiologists have known that at any given point roughly 20 to 25 percent of the population suffers from a mental disorder. A recent long-term study conducted in New Zealand, and then later corroborated by data from Switzerland and the U.S., has highlighted the increased prevalence of mental illness. Ultimately, the most important suggestion from the newest research is that mental health concerns may be nearly universal. As a result, society can begin to view mental illnesses like broken bones, kidney stones or the common cold – as part of the normal wear and tear of life. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one’s mental health, please contact JFS counseling at 804-282-5644 ext. 239.
Read the full article here.