Mental Health Month is a time to discuss, examine, raise awareness, and advocate about mental health and wellness. Nearly one in five adults in the United States live with a mental health condition. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in people’s lives. People who experience a dual diagnosis of developmental disability and mental health conditions have been increasingly recognized in recent years. Estimates of the frequency of dual diagnosis vary widely, however, many professionals have adopted the estimate that 30-35% of all persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities have a psychiatric disorder. (Thenadd.org) People who experience a dual diagnosis might need services that will help them be active, engaged, and productive members of their community.
Mental Health Month is the opportunity to celebrate the contributes that people who experience mental health conditions bring to society while acknowledging that we still have work to do to have support and resources available for people who use them.
If you or somebody you know is in need of advocacy or resources about how to live a positive life with a dual diagnosis the DD Ombuds can assist you!