Only One in Four Americans Believes People are Sympathetic TowardsThose with Mental Illness
Washington, DC, December 04, 2006 /PRNewswire/ - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Ad Council, today launched a national awareness public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to decrease the negative attitudes that surround mental illness and encourage young adults to support their friends who are living with mental health problems.
"We took a new approach to de-stigmatizing mental illness with this campaign," said Assistant Surgeon General Eric B. Broderick, SAMHSA Acting Deputy Administrator. "Instead of telling people why they shouldn't discriminate against people with mental illnesses, we are showing how friends can be supportive of those who have disclosed they are having a mental health problem and the critical role that friendship plays in recovery."
Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) believe that people with mental illnesses are not to blame for their conditions, only about one in four (26 percent) agrees that people are generally caring and sympathetic toward individuals with mental illnesses, according to a new HealthStyles Survey released today. The survey data, licensed from Porter Novelli by SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found that only one-quarter of young adults believe that a person with a mental illness can eventually recover, and slightly more than one-half (54 percent) who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives.
"The advances made in treatments and services for mental illnesses offer the hope of recovery for all," said Acting Surgeon General Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H, who helped to kick off the campaign. "Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. It is an illness that should be treated with the same urgency and compassion as any other illness. And just like any other illness, the support of friends and family members is key to recovery."
According to SAMHSA, in 2005 there were an estimated 24.6 million adults aged 18 or older who experienced serious psychological distress (SPD), which is highly correlated with serious mental illness. Among 18 to 25 year olds, the prevalence of SPD is high (18.6 percent for 18-25, vs. 11.3 percent for all adults 18 years of age and older). But this age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. Additionally, those with mental health conditions in this segment have a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.
Created pro bono by Grey Worldwide, the PSA campaign aims to reach 18- to 25-year-old adults who have friends living with mental illnesses. It highlights the importance of their providing support. Featuring a voiceover by Tony award-winning actor Liev Schreiber, the television and radio spots illustrate how friendship is the key to recovery. The campaign also includes print and interactive advertising that directs audiences to visit a new comprehensive Web site, www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov to learn more about mental health and what they can do to play a role in their friend's recovery.
"The prevalence of mental illness among young adults in our country is staggering. We need to reduce the widespread stigma and provide a greater opportunity for recovery," said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of The Advertising Council. "The compelling PSAs show young adults the critical role they have in supporting friends with mental illnesses, and will help reduce the stigma. Additionally, this age group can be a great catalyst for the rest of the population."
In addition to collaborating with the CDC, SAMHSA's National Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign has partnered with other federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), State mental health agencies, leading researchers on stigma, and a broad coalition of stakeholders, including organizations that represent provider organizations and consumer and family member groups. The Campaign held a series of regional meetings to develop a grassroots network to support the Campaign and provide assistance with anti-stigma efforts to States and local communities.
A resource guide entitled, "Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative," was also recently released and is based on the evaluation and lessons learned from the Elimination of Barriers Initiative. The guide provides information on how to mount a statewide anti-stigma campaign, examples of outreach materials, reports on the best practices for stigma reduction, and lists important resources for technical assistance. Copies of the guide can be obtained by calling SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-789-2647.
To view the ads, please visit www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov. The PSAs were distributed to more than 28,000 media outlets nationwide earlier this month and will air in advertising time that will be donated by the media.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions, treatment and mental health services delivery system. SAMHSA can be reached at www.samhsa.gov
The Advertising Council is a private, non-profit organization that has been the largest producer of PSAs in the nation since 1942. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil****
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According to a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) there are an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older living with serious mental illness. Among adults, the prevalence of serious mental illness is highest in the 18 to 25 age group, yet this age group is also the least likely to receive services or counseling for mental health issues.
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Rockville, MD, June 1, 2010 — According to a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) there are an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older living with serious mental illness. Among adults, the prevalence of serious mental illness is highest in the 18 to 25 age group, yet this age group is also the least likely to receive services or counseling for mental health issues.
To help address this problem SAMHSA and The Advertising Council launched a new series of national public service announcements (PSAs) designed to encourage, educate and inspire young adults (18-25 years old) to step up and support friends and family they know are experiencing a mental health problem.
The importance of this effort is underscored by the new 2009 HealthStyles Survey, a collaborative effort by SAMHSA and Porter Novelli, which reveals that almost three-quarters (72 percent) of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 believe that a person with mental illness would improve if given treatment and support. The study, however also shows that far fewer young adults (33 percent) believe that a person can eventually recover. Other findings include:
* Less than half (40 percent) of Americans believe a person with mental illness can be as successful at work as others.
* While almost two-thirds (65 percent) of young adults who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives, only one in five (22 percent) young adults believes that people are generally caring and sympathetic to people with mental illness.
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The New year is starting with some controversy with the ST Louis Police after a a YouTube video appearing to show a police officer beating a man with his baton was posted online.
The incident occurred on New Year's Day The officer appears to push the man to the ground, hit him with his baton seven times, use pepper spray on him, and then handcuff the man and walk him toward the gas station, which contains a police substation.
The video had been taken down from Youtube temporarily because the video violates the site's standards for "shocking and disgusting content." Later the video was working again, but only for users who sign in and say they are 18 or older. A police spokeswoman said the department had not asked YouTube to remove the video.
Police said no one had filed a complaint about the incident and the department first heard about the video once the local media started asking questions. St. Louis police said in a statement: "While all of the circumstances of the incident are not known, what is seen on the video is extremely disturbing to us," "Force is to be used only when absolutely necessary and this department takes the use of force very seriously."
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Good girl gone bad, take two? Rihanna’s music video for her latest single “S&M” is getting a lot of attention, and for all the wrong reasons.
“Na na na, come on…(MUSIC)…na na na come on”
The video shows Rihanna tying up, whipping and sexually playing with members of the media, including gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
After The Washington Post’s celebrity gossip team saw the video, they had only one thing to say…
“Ummm, eww. This is definitely not a choice for the junior cotillion playlist.”
They weren’t alone. YouTube flagged the video as inappropriate – only those claiming to be 18 or older can watch the video on the site. Music-focused web-series Amped understands the controversy behind the tongue-in-cheek video.
“The video contains some suggestive consumption of a banana and the Barbadian singer prancing around in white latex, which has seen the song banned in 11 countries. With lyrics like ‘Sticks and stones might break my bones, but chains and whips excite me,’ you could probably be forgiven for thinking she was singing from the point of view of a horse.”
MTV also banned the video from its daytime block, refusing to play an un-edited version before 7 p.m. But some say that’s not enough.
“Even still, 7 p.m. seems to be awfully early for a song with this kind of sexual content. Nowhere on the television airwaves would you see something with this content before at least 9 p.m. It seems that pushing back that hour a bit would be even better yet.”
But a KNXV anchor says “S&M” is kids play compared to other sexed-up singers.
“I feel like we’ve seen racier videos from Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa – I was not, like, ‘Oh my Gosh! This is horrible – yank it right down!’”
Rihanna agrees there are worse videos out there – even from her. She tweeted to one fan…
“loveririforever not true, they watched Umbrella...I was full nude”
The music video is all about playing with the media, and as one blogger notes, the blogosphere blowup surrounding “S&M” may be exactly what Rihanna wanted…
“Times are changing, sex sells and this is a part of our everyday life. The best part about it is it gains much more attention for the track itself.”
So, what do you think? Is Rihanna’s “S&M” too racy, or are too many people just too uptight?
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