Mental illness is a highly prevalent, life-threatening disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is a disease that:
- Strikes people of all ethnic groups, religions and economic brackets.
- Strikes the young, and often goes undiagnosed and untreated for many years.
- Threatens lives everywhere: in America, more people die from suicide than from cancer, homicide or HIV/AIDS.
- Has a significant impact on human productivity, causing as many lost days of work as cancer, heart attacks or back pain.
- Has a staggering impact on the global economy.
However, mental illness is treatable. There is hope for people who have it.
- People can recover from mental illness with good treatment and, most importantly, a reliable support system of other people.
- The emergence of Clubhouses in many countries around the world are demonstrating that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities.