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WHAT IS A MENTAL ILLNESS ?
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
All of Us - All of Us is a mental health campaign founded by UCLA undergraduate students to rethink the way mental health is viewed and treated on the UCLA campus and within the surrounding community through awareness, education, and advocacy. Click here to become an affiliated student organization.
NAIM (National Alliance on Mental Health) - NAIM is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
YES Community Counseling Center - YES CCC is a community-based, non-profit organization that has been serving the residents of southeastern Nassau County since 1977. YES provides school-based social work, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and a wide variety of other services.