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Acknowledging Mental Health Submitted: 10/10/2012
RHINELANDER - With more than 250,000 people in Wisconsin diagnosed with a serious mental illness, healthcare professionals are pushing for awareness.

1 in 4 families live with someone who has a disorder and the National Alliance on Mental Health or NAMI is encouraging those families to seek help.

The President of the local NAMI chapter, Mick Fiocchi, says medicine has come a long way for treatment, now we just need to change public opinion,

"Even though mental health conditions are much more treatable today than they've ever been, we still have a very strong stigma. People with mental illness and their families tend to hide."

These treatable disorders are best caught in early adulthood and handled before they effect a person's life, "It can have tragic consequences. It does not have to. The sooner that a person gets into treatment and the sooner a family comes to terms with the fact that this is a disorder this person is going to be dealing with for the rest of their lives, the better that person is going to be."

People living with mental illness are all around us and their success stories are found from the treatment they seek.

The NAMI chapter in the Northwoods meets monthly and you can learn more about what they do by clicking the link below.

Related Weblinks: NAMI


Story By: Michael Crusan

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