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When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. Many Americans have experienced caring for a person with mental illness. 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental health condition. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting them.

You may be trying to help a family member who doesn't have access to care or doesn't want help. Or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis.


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If you have a mental health condition, you're not alone. One in 5 American adults experience some form of mental illness in any given year.

And across the population, 1 in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression.


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Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help.

Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.


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NAMI offers programs that can provide mental health professionals and those in the hospital setting the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families.


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Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates.

With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support.