Vermont Care Partners: What is mental health?

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- 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.

What is mental health? Thousands have already expressed interest in the movement with the goal of broadening that base of interest and support across the country. The two most commonly diagnosed disorders are depression and generalized anxiety.

Quality of life and mental health is also part of another recognized project at Western that's focusing on the mental well-being of refugees, and the toll migration to a safe county can take on a person. The $10,000 scholarship will is awarded to a student committed to a career in behavioral health.

"It really supports this government's agenda around connecting Ontarians, and making sure that it's a connected mental health and addiction strategy", she said. "There is a national shortage of health care providers in this area and it is crucial that we have trained professionals to help meet the growing need", said Bruce Thorn, CEO of Big Lots.

Researcher and post-doctoral candidate Jordan Edwards says, "We know it has impacts on mental health and mental health is something is something that can happen acutely - so immediately upon arrival - but also something that can have an impact on health outcomes over time".

"Epilepsy goes far beyond seizures", says researcher and post-doctoral candidate Klajdi Puka, who has been been following families who have children with epilepsy to see how it effects the mental health of the family unit.

One in five people live with a mental illness, and 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses start by age 14.* The On Our Sleeves movement addresses these staggering statistics by providing educational resources, advocacy tools and philanthropic opportunities at OnOurSleeves.org.

"It has been very helpful in recent years to have celebrities and public figures come forward in speaking out about their mental health problems".

'The group risk industry is at the forefront of supporting mental health in the workplace, and the employers that utilise group protection to support the mental wellbeing of their staff are the winners. If you feel they are in harms way of themselves then help them.

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