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Mental Health Awareness Week

October 3-9, 2021

Since 1990, Mental Illness Awareness Week has been recognized during the first full week of October as mandated by Congress. But never has it been more important than in recent years, as a nation grapples with the emotional and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for mental health care dramatically increases.

Mental Illness Awareness Week, which runs October 3-9 and culminates in World Mental Health Day on October 10, aims to educate people about mental illness in general and this year will focus on the need for better care for those living with a serious mental illness (SMI) as well as the need for improved crisis response and mental health care.

 

Statistics and tips for Mental Illness Awareness Week:

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience SMI each year and less than two-thirds get treatment.
    • Many academics believe this ratio could increase in light of COVID, but as is, it offers a good picture of the need for treatment versus the actual number of patients in treatment.
  • Mental illness is most prevalent among the lesbian, gay and bisexual adult community.
    • This specific community experiences mental illness at a greater rate, according to NAMI, which raises awareness about the need for providers to be socially and culturally informed and for patients to understand they’re not alone.
  • The average time between the onset of symptoms and when treatment begins is 11 years.
    • Seeking treatment takes time, which is always an important reminder for providers who need to remember they’re likely working with years of untreated illness.
  • 66% of adults with a serious mental illness get treatment in a given year.
    • This statistic, of course, means that about a third of adults living with a serious mental illness do not get treatment.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults with a mental illness also have a substance use disorder.
    • For providers, it’s important to recognize the prevalence of co-occurring conditions and how often mental illness and substance use intersect.
  • 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental health condition.
    • Statistics suggest that 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14, while 75% begin by age 24.
  • 1 in 8 emergency room visits are related to mental health or substance use disorders.
    • It may be helpful for providers to remember that many patients in need of mental health treatment end up in a place that can’t provide them with the care they need.
  • Self harm is not the only indicator of a mental illness.
    • Patients need to understand that drastic mood or behavior changes are indicators, as is significant weight loss or gain, difficulty concentrating, intense worries and intentional social withdrawal for extended periods of time.


 

One Pill Can Kill

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DEA Warns that Pills Purchased Outside of a Licensed Pharmacy are Illegal, Dangerous, and Potentially Deadly

Facts About Counterfeit Pills:

  • Criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public.
  • Counterfeit pills are widely available, and DEA and its law enforcement partners are seizing deadly fake pills at record rates.
  • Counterfeit pills are more lethal than ever before. The number of DEA-seized counterfeit pills with fentanyl has jumped nearly 430 percent since 2019. DEA lab testing reveals that 2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.
  • The only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.

    COUNTERFEIT PILLS FACT SHEET 

     

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THANK YOU CLERMONT COUNTY

We wanted to express our EXTREME gratitude to Clermont County residents for passing our renewal levy. We remain committed to serving the county efficiently and effectively. THANK YOU CLERMONT COUNTY!!!!


COVID-19

 

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please visit the Clermont County Public Health website at Clermont County Public Health (ccphohio.org)


A CALL TO ACTION

Suicide is a serious public health issue.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; the second leading cause among 10- to 34-year-olds; and the number one cause of death for Ohioans aged 10-14. Every year, more than 1,800 Ohioans die by suicide. Clermont County has the second highest suicide rate in Southwest Ohio. YOU CAN HELP

 Click here to find out how.

The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition is funded by the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board


Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults

Entering adulthood can be an emotional time, but sometimes the ups and downs can mean something more.

Millions of young adults are living with a mental or substance use disorder and many either do not realize they have one or are not paying attention to the signs and not seeking help. In fact, of the 8.9 million young adults who reported having a mental illness in 2018, more than 2 in 5 went untreated and of the 5.1 million with a substance use disorder, nearly 9 in 10 did not get treatment.

It is important to remember that asking for help is a normal part of life, and you should never feel like you have to take on the world alone. If you are concerned that you or someone in your life may be drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with mental illness, there are resources available to help.

References and Relevant Resources


 

What We Know About Suicide in the U.S.

Someone dies from suicide every 12 minutes—and over the past two decades, suicide rates have increased in every state across the country. For the first time in recent generations, life expectancy is decreasing due to suicide. According to the latest research:

  • There were 1.4 million attempts and more than 47,000 deaths from suicide.
  • Suicide is at its highest level and is still rising.
  • Rural counties are being hit the hardest with suicide rates double the rate in urban counties.
  • There has been an alarming 50% increase of suicide rates among women.

Suicide touches whole communities. Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind 135 people who knew that person—and the impact of suicide and the bereavement that follow.

www.standuptosuicide.org


Know the Risks of Meth

Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful, highly addictive drug that causes devastating health effects, and sometimes death, even on the first try.

Meth is easy to get addicted to and hard to recover from. Meth is a dangerous, synthetic, stimulant drug often used in combination with other substances that can be smoked, injected, snorted, or taken orally. Someone using meth may experience a temporary sense of heightened euphoria, alertness, and energy. But using meth changes how the brain works and speeds up the body’s systems to dangerous, and sometimes lethal, levels—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and respiratory rate. Chronic meth users also experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, aggression, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions.

The Rise of Meth Use in the United States

The number of fatal overdoses involving meth has more than tripled (PDF | 336 KB) between 2011 and 2016, according to the CDC. Use is also on the rise between 2016-2018 for most age groups. In 2018, more than 106,000 adults aged 26 or older used meth—a 43 percent increase over the previous year.

Short-term Effects of Meth

Even taking small amounts of meth, or just trying it once, can cause harmful health effects, including:

  • Increased blood pressure and body temperature
  • Faster breathing
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite, disturbed sleep patterns, or nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, aggressive, irritable, or violent behavior

Long-term Health Risks of Meth

Chronic meth use leads to many damaging, long-term health effects, even when users stop taking meth, including:

  • Permanent damage to the heart and brain
  • High blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
  • Liver, kidney, and lung damage
  • Anxiety, confusion, or insomnia
  • Paranoia, hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, or violent behavior (psychotic symptoms can sometimes last for months or years after quitting meth)
  • Intense itching, causing skin sores from scratching
  • Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)

Need Help?

With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible. If you, or someone you know, needs help with a substance use disorder, including meth use, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.

References and Relevant Resources