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Mental Health Treatment Works

Concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental illness? You are not alone. Get professional help. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people and their families nationwide. Know that treatment for mental illness is effective—and help is a phone call away.
  • Mental Illness Is Common, But Too Often Not Treated

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about one in five adults had a mental illness. Without a doubt, the pandemic has affected the state of mental health in our country and made mental illness even more common. It is rare that a family is not touched by a mental health condition, one that can interfere with your or a loved one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.

    Mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, or more serious illnesses as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. Unfortunately, most people with mental illness do not receive mental health services that they need.

  • People with mental illness can have symptoms that include a range of feelings, emotions, or experiences, including:

    • Shifts in mood
    • Sadness
    • Anxiety
    • Irritability
    • Low energy
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Sleep problems

    Mental illness is not always easy to detect. Someone does not need to have all these symptoms, perhaps just one or two.

  • Video: Can't Be Seen

    Can't Be Seen Video

    Mental illness can’t always be seen, and it’s not something to treat on your own.

  • Treating a mental illness is not something to attempt on your own. Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment.

    Download the audio and video files for "Can't Be Seen."

    Treatment Works, Treatment Is Available

    The good news: Research shows treatment for mental illness works. With appropriate treatment, people can manage their illness, overcome challenges, and lead productive lives.

    Treatment for mental illness is effective. Mental health services also are covered by most health plans—by law. And like physical health conditions, it’s clear the earlier you get treatment for mental illness, the better—and the better you or your loved one will feel and do.

    Unsure of how or where to start? Start here.

Need Help?

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, get treatment or help them get treatment. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U) for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral.

Last Updated

Last Updated: 03/31/2022