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Mental Health Concerns
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Adapted from information from the National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)
RECOVERY FROM MENTAL ILLNESS
Successful recovery from a mental illness or other
psychological condition is a process that involves learning
about the condition and the treatments that are available;
empowering oneself through the support of peers, family
and the campus community; and taking action to create and
implement a plan to manage the illness. The National
Alliance on Mental Illness’s In Our Own Voice, a live
presentation by persons who have experienced mental
illness, offers living proof that recovery from mental illness is
an ongoing reality. Science has greatly expanded our
understanding and treatment options. Once forgotten in
mental institutions, individuals now have a real chance at
reclaiming full, productive lives, but only if they have access
to the treatments, services and programs so vital to recovery
as follows:
Newer classes of medications and improved
psychotherapy protocols are increasingly effective in
treating mental illnesses. Eighty percent of people
suffering from bipolar disorder and 65 percent of people
with major depression respond quickly to treatment;
additionally, 60 percent of people with schizophrenia can
be relieved of acute symptoms and learn to manage their
environment.