If you need treatment for a serious mental illness, or are experiencing
symptoms of mental illness, there is help and hope.
Serious mental illness is a behavioral health or mental disorder that
interferes with school, work, relationships
your life. Some serious
mental illnesses include psychosis, schizophrenia, major depression, and
manic-depression or bipolar disorder.
You are not nuts or crazy. Our society has moved way beyond this
outdated view of mental illness. Today, people with first-hand experience
with mental illness are writing and talking openly about their experiences.
Once you learn more about mental illness, youll understand that anyone
can have it, and those who do are much like you.
It is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide. In fact, you may find it very
empowering to recognize it, talk about it, and begin to deal with it.
You can recover from mental illness, just as you can from most other
illnesses. In fact, some studies suggest that the treatment success rates
for many mental health disorders surpass those of other medical conditions.
The hardest part is reaching out and accepting help. Once you take that
first step, you will be amazed by all the people and organizations who are
willing to help, and the resources and tools that are available.
Learn more about what to do if you are concerned about your mental
health or someone elses by visiting www.azdhs.gov/bhs.