Mental illness has hit epidemic proportions across the world. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one in four people will suffer from mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. In the United States, mental health professionals report similar numbers. In fact, nearly forty-four million Americans struggle with mental illness each year. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) released a report last week, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, noting the following relevant statistics:
- One in five adults will experience a mental illness.
- Ten million adults (1 out of 25) live with a serious mental illness.
- One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14.
- Three-quarters of chronic mental illness onset is by the age of 24.
- Some 2.4 million American adults live with schizophrenia.
- Six million adults live with bipolar disorder.
- Sixteen million live with major depression.
- Forty-two million live with anxiety disorders.
- Approximately 10.2 million adults experience co-occuring mental health and addiction disorders.
- Twenty-six percent of homeless people living in shelters live with serious mental illness.
- Twenty-four percent of state prisoners have a “recent history” of a mental health condition.
- Worldwide, depression is the leading cause of disability, worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year.
- Ninety-percent of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10thleading cause of death in the United States.
- Nearly 60 percent of adults with a mental illness did not receive mental health services in the previous year.
- Nearly 50 percent of youth aged 8-15 did not receive mental health services in the previous year.
Mental Health & MFI
MFI Recovery Center offers a comprehensive array of alcohol and drug addiction counseling, family addiction counseling, and mental health services for struggling individuals and families.Such care is overseen by a physician, a team of therapists and certified substance abuse counselors, who guide each individual’s treatment. These caring professionals help clients with depression, anxiety, raising children and parenting teenagers.
Since substance abuse often causes complications to close, intimate relationships, effective alcohol and drug addiction counseling programs must include elements designed to help reunite families. MFI professionals leverage the latest models of treatment to help clients overcome difficulties in the following areas:
- Anxiety and Depression
Some children and their parents feel stress after unwanted events occur. MFI professionals helps family members process the experiences as well as associated reactions.
- Children of Divorce and Blended Families
Most people struggle while transitioning to a new family structure. MFI professionals use the latest research and techniques to help families live their best possible lives.
- Marriage Counseling
Strong marriages include conflict resolution. Counseling can help couples process difficult issues and heal hurt.
- Parenting and Family Addiction Counseling
MFI offers an array of science-based programs to help parents and strengthen families.
MFI In the Community
Rita Pacheco is the new Program Outreach Manager for MFI. She plans MFI-sponsored events and connects with community organizers to determine which Riverside-area outreaches to attend, so she can talk with community members and explain the many resources that MFI offers. Setting up and manning event booths alongside other MFI staffers, (sometimes including new CEO Melinda Drake), Rita is busier than ever in May. Numerous festivals and events across Riverside County celebrate National Mental Health Month.
“MFI is known in the community for excellent substance abuse and detox programs. But we offer so much more,” she explains. “People often feel embarrassed that they struggle with mental health. But they shouldn’t because they are not alone. And we can help!”
Since assuming the mantle, Rita has coordinated five mental-health-related events in Riverside, Hemet, Perris, Temecula, and Lake Elsinore. Her goal is to be a resource to the community and help minimize hindrances to treatment.
“The easier we make it for someone to get help, the more likely they are to seek counseling or check into detox. The bottom line is we don’t want anyone to have to wait for treatment. If you need help, we want to provide it.”
At a recent event, Rita spoke with a young man who first approached the MFI booth to get a piece of candy. He started asking questions and eventually shared that his brother uses drugs. I was glad that he asked for a business card because it could be a new start for his family.
“I related to him because both of my parents were addicts. Addiction separated me from my five siblings. And I struggled with addiction too. I’ve been clean for 12-1/2 years. I am passionate about helping people get the help they need.”
If you would like Rita to man a booth at your event, please contact her at MFI Recovery Center (951) 683-6596.
MFI Will Participate in the following upcoming May Mental Health Awareness Events
May 8: RCC Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
May 9: MSJC Wellness Fair 5 p.m.
May 10: San Bernardino Valley College Dinner
May 11: Jurupa Valley Community 5K Fun Run 7 a.m.
May 15: May is Mental Health Event in Lake Elsinore
May 17: Moreno Valley school event from 4-7 p.m.
May 17: Banning Marketplace from 4-9 p.m.
May 21: May is Mental Health Event in Temecula
May 22: May is Mental Health Month in Hemet
May 23: May is Mental Health Month in Riverside
May 30: May is Mental Health Month in Perris
About MFI Recovery Center
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.