Mental Health in Lincoln
Thursday, Oct. 10th is National Mental Health Day. It's an important reminder of how crucial it is to our overall well being. However, experts say there is still a heavy stigma surrounding these issues.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2016, one in five adults in Nebraska reported experiencing a mental illness. Less than half received treatment.
"We want to try to raise awareness about it because stigma is a huge barrier to people even feeling like they can reach out and connect to treatment," commented DHHS' Lindsey Hanlon
If left uncared for, a person's mental health can lead them to harm themselves, or others. An example being Joseph Cimino, a Lincoln resident who had been previously institutionalized in New Jersey due to his mental state. On Oct. 8th Cimino drove through the front of a Chick-Fil-A and continued to go on a violent rampage, which cost him his life.
Previously, Cimino posted several videos on Youtube talking about his mental state.
People who struggle with mental health are often portrayed negatively in the media. But, it's important to remember, these obstacles are common and can be treated.
Melissa Lemmer, who works at the Mental Health Association of Nebraska, said, "If we talk about the good things that are happening with mental health and not always betraying the bad things on the news and the bad things that happen i think that stigma gets less and less".