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Mental Illness Awareness Week: There is help, and hope


The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week in America.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 adults living in the United States experiences mental illness each year, while 1 in 6 youths ages 6 to 17 experiences a mental health disorder. More than two-thirds of those who need care do not get it.

Depression is a common, serious mental illness that will not go away on its own. Only about a third of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. Screenings are often the first step in getting help. If you, a family member or friend have shown symptoms of depression for two weeks or more, it is time to consult a doctor.

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There are effective treatments for depression, including medication, therapy or both. Wyoming Behavioral Institute in Casper is a primary provider of inpatient child, adolescent, adult and older adult mental health services in Wyoming. Outpatient youth telehealth services also are available.


WBI offers no-cost assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, call 800-457-9312 or visit

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