Oceans Healthcare Recognizes National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 5th, 2015

Approximately 15 Percent of adults age 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder 

Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes Metal Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4 - 10. This week focuses on supporting those experiencing mental illness, educating the public, advocating for equal care and fighting for this year’s theme, to be StigmaFree.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults experience mental illness problems every year. Only 41 percent of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition, however, received mental health services.

Lack of access to mental health services extends to older adults and seniors as the baby boomer generation ages. According to the World Health Organization, the number of persons age 60 or over is expected to more than triple by 2100. It is estimated 15 percent of adults 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.

The Oceans team of psychiatrists, medical physicians and caregivers understands the stigma that surrounds mental illness can often make people reluctant to seek help. The hospital team strives to destigmatize behavioral health and believes firmly that patients must be seen as an individual, not a diagnosis. Oceans is committed to providing high-quality care, educating community members and supporting patients and their families.

Mental health symptoms can include:

  • Extreme emotions
  • Excessive worries
  • Withdrawal from loved ones
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Significant tiredness
  • Suicidal thoughts

For more information about Mental Illness Awareness Week, visit: www.nami.org/miaw.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, seek a consultation from a medical professional.  

ABOUT OCEANS HEALTHCARE

Oceans Healthcare is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. Founded in 2004, Oceans provides inpatient and outpatient treatment with a special focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults and seniors. With 17 locations in Texas and Louisiana, Oceans hospitals are consistently recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. For more information, visit www.oceanshealthcare.com

 

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