About Mental Illness

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.

In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups, and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends, and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.

*The information on this page was derived from the National Alliance on Mental Illness website

For more information on Mental Illness please visit the following resources:

  • Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency www.mhaaac.@aol.com
  • Community Behavioral Health (CBH)www.mdcbh@verizon.net
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) www.nimh.nih.gov
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) www.samhsa.gov
  • Mental Health America (MHA) www.mentalhealthamerica.net
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) www.nami.org