To The Daily Sun,
Sunday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 8, is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to come together to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
Mental illness is a medical condition, but it is often surrounded by stigma or stereotypes that prevent people from getting the help they need. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Approximately half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays — sometimes lasting decades — often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help. Early identification and treatment is important.
CornerBridge, located at 328 Union Ave. in Laconia, is a peer-to-peer driven organization. We provide support to anyone over the age of 18 to those who are struggling or are at risk of any mental illness. We learn from each other on how to manage and maintain our illnesses instead of our illnesses taking over us.
Joy Hall, Program Director
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