NAMI meeting addresses grief, loss

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Daysi Brown, Ph.D., executive director of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will talk about “Coping with Grief and Loss” at the monthly NAMI Yolo 1st Wednesday gathering on April 4. The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. gathering with snacks and 7 p.m. program at St. Martin’s Church Community Room, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis.

What is the impact of mental illness in America?

  • One in 17 — about 13.6 million — live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year.
  • Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44.
  • Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
  • Over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years.

To reduce that impact, NAMI Yolo provides advocacy, support, education and public awareness, so that all individuals and families who are affected by mental illness can build better lives. Their vision is a stigma-free future, where all people affected by mental health conditions experience resiliency and recovery, with safe, affordable housing, meaningful activities, supportive relationships and hope.

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