NAMI Cape Ann
Serving Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich,
Manchester-by-the Sea and Rockport
(residents of other communities also welcome)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated one in five adult suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Children are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. In addition, four of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. and other developed countries are mental disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.
Unlike cancer and cardiac disease, brain disorders often receive a hostile reception from the general public, some businesses, insurance companies, and even some in the medical community. People with mental illness can and do recover. As with other illnesses such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS, early detection is key. Unfortunately, staying in the closet, denial, and postponing treatment is prevalent.
The mental health crisis is having a devastating effect on education, law enforcement, business, and health care, to say nothing of the devastation to families. NAMI’s mission is to educate these communities in order to reduce the stigma and encourage treatment.
At present, we can’t prevent or cure mental illness. We can de-stigmatize and treat it.
Please help us "adjust our sails."
"We can’t control the wind.
We can adjust our sails."
~~ NAMI Cape Ann’s motto