May is Mental Health Awareness Week. An estimated one-in-four adults has a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. But recovery is possible. Wendy Giebink, executive director at NAMI South Dakota, and Craig Kindrat, Manager of the Avera Behavioral Health Services Addiction Recovery Program join Dakota Midday for a discussion of some of the myths and stigmas of mental illness as well as diagnosis, treatment and healing.
The Mental Health Awareness Walk from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) happens Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Sioux Falls. Find details at this link.