What A Difference A Friend Makes – UNITY, Inc.

What A Difference A Friend Makes

If you attended the 2011 National UNITY Conference in Minneapolis in July, you probably remember the “What A Difference A Friend Makes” campaign, which was presented by The Maamwi Niigaanziwag (Together They Lead) Grand Tribal Youth Council – Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mental health problems are health conditions that cause changes in a person’s thinking, mood and behavior. Arm yourself with the facts and then use your knowledge to educate others. Understanding and support are powerful, and they can make a real difference in the life of a person who needs them.

Among 18-25 year olds, the prevalence of serious mental health problems is high, yet this age group shows the lowest rate of seeking help. According to SAMHSA, from 2004 to 2007, an average of 20.7 percent of American Indian 18-25 year olds reported serious psychological distress in the past year. Despite the high prevalence, only one in three (30.6 percent) American Indian adults with serious psychological distress received care within the past 12 months. Overall the rates at which racial and ethnic minority young adults seek treatment are much lower than their Caucasian counterparts. The potential to minimize future disability is increased if the right support is received. People with mental health problems need to be treated with respect, compassion and empathy, just as anyone with any other serious healthcare condition.

One of the most important factors in recovery is the understanding and acceptance of friends.

Anyone can experience mental health problems. Get information, hear stories on support and recovery, and learn how to help people in your community. To learn more about the “What A Difference A Friend Makes” campaign, click on the graphic above.