Leading Teen Mental Hospital Helps Eliminate Stigma for Mental Illness Week

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ViewPoint Center supports the awareness of mental illness and works to overcome stigma related to mental illness

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“ViewPoint Center provides teens struggling with mental illnesses with the support and treatment they need to begin their recovery process,” commented Chris Paegle, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at ViewPoint Center.

ViewPoint Center, a teen mental health hospital for youth ages 12-17, observes Mental Illness Awareness Week. For many teenagers facing mental illness, the stigma associated with mental illness causes many to hide away in shame rather than seek the help they need.

ViewPoint Center understands the importance of supporting teens with mental illness, providing teens with comprehensive diagnostic assessment and treatment.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five youth ages 13-18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point their lives.

In order to overcome the stigma attached to mental illness, ViewPoint Center believes individuals must:

-Learn more about mental illness. By reading up on the facts of mental illness, an individual can increase their awareness of what it is to live with a mental illness.

-Treat individuals with respect. Don’t label or judge people with mental illnesses; they deserve the same treatment as anyone else.

-Talk openly of personal experiences. By bringing mental illness out into the open, an individual can break the perception of shame and self-doubt often associated with mental illness.

-See the person, not their illness. Instead of always associating an individual with their mental illness, get to know them as an individual.

-Take action. By spreading the word about the importance of supporting those with mental illnesses, you can help others break the stigma attached to mental illness.

“It’s incredibly important to break this stigma attached to mental illness, not only because of the harm it does to individuals already diagnosed, but because it’s causing people to be afraid of going to a mental health professional when they are feeling mentally unwell,” says Jennifer Wilde LCSW, Executive Clinical Director at ViewPoint Center.

According to the Association for Psychological Science,in 2011 only 59.6 percent of individuals with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, reported receiving treatment for their condition.

“ViewPoint Center provides teens struggling with mental illnesses with the support and treatment they need to begin their recovery process,” commented Chris Paegle, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at ViewPoint Center. “ViewPoint has helped hundreds of teens work through mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.”

To learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week, please visit:

-National Alliance on Mental Illness:
https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week

For more information about how ViewPoint Center can help your teen dealing with a mental illness, please call 855-290-9682.
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ViewPoint Center, a teen mental health hospital for teens ages 13-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 4-9 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process. For more information about ViewPoint Center, please call 855-290-9682.

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