Now that it is May, it is time to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month!
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental health issues are common and treatable. If you or someone you know is experiencing behavioral health issues, you are not alone! Learn more about BACS and get help, make a difference for your community, or share your story with us today.
Did You Know?
- 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the U.S. and other developed countries are mental disorders – major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.
- 75% of chronic mental health issues appear by the age of 24.
- In the U.S., American Indians (AI) and Alaskan Natives (AN) are the most likely people to have a mental health issue – 28% of AI/AN adults have a mental health condition.
- LGBTQ individuals are 2+ times more likely than straight individuals to deal with a behavioral health condition.
- 11% of transgender individuals report being denied care by mental health clinics because of bias or discrimination.
- More than 6 million Americans experience bipolar disorder, and nearly 2.5 million experience schizophrenia.
- Nearly 30% of homeless adults are living with a serious mental health issue.
- Nearly 25% of the prison population has a history of behavioral health issues.
BACS provides services to address all of these needs and more. Our Criminal Justice programs, our Housing Solutions programs, and all of our other programs benefit from BACS’ 64 years of expertise in behavioral health care services.