In a given year, one in five adults experiences mental illness. That would be around 70 NMH faculty and staff. Around 1 in 25 U.S. adults live with a serious ongoing mental disorder -- which would add up to 14 NMH adults. [source] If you are one of them, I hope that this number helps you feel less alone, too.
Mental illness too often carries with it a stigma fueled by inaccurate or sensationalistic media and popular culture portrayals, as well as basic misunderstandings of what it means to be mentally ill. People with mental illnesses often conceal their conditions to avoid stereotyping, misunderstanding, and discrimination.
I hope that everyone at NMH who experiences a mental health condition knows that they are not alone -- here on campus or out in the wider world. And I hope that anyone who is suffering will find the strength to reach out for help. Students on campus have an excellent resource in O'Connor Health Center's counseling services. Employees may wish to contact the school's Employee Assistance Program as a first step.
Sometimes, relating to a character in a book can help us feel less alone. In addition to nonfiction books with factual information on mental illness, the library has a growing collection of novels featuring characters who live with mental health conditions. Click on a link below to view a selection of books that you can check out on that topic.
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