In the U.S., one in five people are affected by a mental health disorder. An event is coming up Wednesday evening to raise awareness about mental health issues and services that are available in Cache Valley. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (or NAMI) is sponsoring a public information meeting in the Bonneville room of the Logan Library at 7 p.m.
Julie and Greg Andrews were on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2017_01_10_324_53168_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program on Monday</a>. They said their own personal experience with a loved one led them to wanting to get involved in efforts to raise awareness.
“When a close family member, who was diagnosed as bipolar and had been doing well for a number of years had a psychotic break, for us this was a new thing and we were faced with where do you get help, where can you find resources,” explained Julie.
“We just didn’t really know where to go and someone at one of the facilities told us ‘Well you should check out the NAMI (organization). I’m sure they have one in Cache Valley.’”
NAMI has an office at Utah State University where they have many types of resources available. But even though help is there, many do not take advantage of it.
Greg said, “I’m guessing probably one of the main reasons is sometimes when you think of mental illness, it’s something that you don’t want to share too much with anyone, primarily because there’s a stigma that may be related to a mental illness, which there really shouldn’t be. Whether you have a challenge with diabetes or mental illness, they’re both physical disorders and they just need to be addressed.”
The Andrews are hoping to erase the stigma that keeps individuals and families from getting assistance. Again the meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Logan Library’s Bonneville Room. Get more information at NAMICacheValley.org.