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In the USA Mental Health Week is October 5th - 11th. 

Please join me this week to talk about mental illness. It's TIME.

I will be hosting a discussion in my group, HOPE for COPD at: HOPE for COPD on Facebook. 

THURSDAY October 9th from 7PM-9PM CST. 

Come talk about how mental illness affects you. Be it your self, a family member, or friend. Without open and honest discussion, the stigma will remain.

The group is closed, only group members can see your posts. Your friends and family will not be able to see what you post in the group. So, you can speak freely.

*One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million
Americans−experiences mental illness in a given
year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious
mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression
or bipolar disorder.

*Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18
experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For
ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

*Approximately 60 percent of adults12, and almost one-half
of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no
mental health services in the previous year.

*Individuals living with serious mental illness face an
increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.
Adults living with serious mental illness die on average
25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to
treatable medical conditions.

*Although military members comprise less than 1
percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent
20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 22
veterans die from suicide.

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