“A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Changing the Conversation
Anxiety. Addiction. Depression. Debilitating stress. We have a mental health crisis, and it’s evidenced by the growing number of mass shootings and suicides not only sweeping our nation, but affecting us right here at home.
Florida ranks 49th among the states for a lack of access to care to mental-health programs. About 70 percent of the people who need mental-health treatment in this state can’t get it. Either the resources aren’t available or, sometimes, people can’t figure out how to navigate the system to find the resources. We have to do a better job.
Grounding Wire is changing the conversation around mental health. We are raising awareness and removing the negative stigma. We are connecting people to resources and helping them navigate the system. We are focused on prevention, empowering people to manage their mental health on a daily basis, and are mainstreaming mental fitness.
About Mental Health
Mental health According to Hopkins Medicine, an estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. Recent figures suggest that approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States had a mental health disorder in the past year1—most commonly anxiety or depression—and 1 in 17 had a serious mental illness.
Mental health disorders also affect children and adolescents at an increasingly alarming rate; in 2010, 1 in 5 children in the United States had a mental health disorder, most commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is not unusual for either adults or children to have more than one mental health disorder.
Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to live a full and productive life. People, including children and adolescents, with untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors, including alcohol or drug abuse, violent or self-destructive behavior, and suicide—the 11th leading cause of death in the United States for all age groups and the second leading cause of death among people age 25 to 34.