SARDAA joins the nation in recognition of May as Mental Health Month.
May 21-28 is Schizophrenia Awareness Week raising awareness that treatment and help are available. May 24th is the day recognizing the liberation of the severely mentally ill from their iron shackles by Dr. Philippe Pinel and Baptiste Pussin, France 1783 and Dr. Vincenzo Chiarugi in Italy. Dr. Pinel also discontinued bleeding, purging, and blistering in favor of a therapy that involved close contact with and careful observation of patients closely aligned with modern psychotherapy.
About 44 million Americans experience some type of mental disorder each year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. One out of one hundred Americans suffers with schizophrenia and more than two out of one hundred are challenged with severe bipolar disorder. Each year, SARDAA, mental health advocacy groups, religious organizations, schools, and civic organizations challenge Americans to consider their views toward mental illnesses, and respect those who live with these medical disorders. The driving message is that recovery is real for people with mental illnesses, and that we as a community must work together to eliminate the stigma and discrimination too often associated with these disorders.
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