The emotional and social withdrawal associated with mental illness the patient goes through, lead its sufferers to be less likely to reach out to friends and family for help or to accept it. With more than 400 thousand of them by swimming were able to reduce the number of visits to medical specialists or reduce the amount of medication prescribed for the treatment of mental disorders.
The event, organized by the NAMI-UIUC, saw about 60 to 75 people participate in the walk.
"It's absolutely essential and non-negotiable if we're not providing that sort of support [then] how can we expect happy workers", he explains.
Here are some statistics that give you an idea of just how prevalent mental health conditions are among the Australian population.
"It's about people thinking about each other and making sure that everyone is okay".
Considering it is the inaugural walk, Strides Against Stigma was a great success, according to Abby Kehe, NAMI-UIUC co-president and LAS junior. "In our society we are nearly constantly stimulated [by technology]", says specialist consultant psychotherapist Sara Rourke. Forming the routine of undertaking a regular health check is crucial for both health and mental health. "If we can construct a system that can respond to young people at risk, when and where they need support - be that in the community, in primary or emergency care, or within tertiary services - we will undoubtedly be better placed to reverse the devastating trend we have seen over this past 10 years".
Under the plans, the Government will publish a "State of the Nation" report every year highlighting trends in young people's mental well-being. "I can volunteer. So I signed up to take one of NAMI's signature programs which is the Family-to-Family education class". Now, while "self-care" is not (yet) a specific app-store category, Apple placed "health and wellbeing" as one of its four biggest breakout trends for 2017. Mel Wells, wellbeing coach and author of The Goddess Revolution and Hungry For More, agrees: "Let's not be in denial - we are already addicted to our technology".
On campus, NAMI provides an opportunity for students who are passionate about mental illness to get involved, promote awareness and meet others with similar interests.
What's unique about NAMI is that all of its offered services are free.
Today Mrs May will announce the launch of a new campaign to train a million people in mental health awareness, starting with a pilot in the West Midlands. "There aren't enough counselors on campus".
Lack of transportation, housing, employment and a strong support system have a major impact on health outcomes - especially for those with mental illness - and when lacking, can make it especially hard to get proper medical care.
There are no simple solutions to treating mental illness. Despite 88% of employees suffering from poor mental health admitting that work is either the main cause or a contributing factor, just 15% would tell their boss if they were struggling with an issue of this nature.
The Commission also recommended a "wholesale shift to community-based care" for the mentally ill.
One or the more common problems that have only recently surfaced is addiction to mobile and gaming leading to inability to focus on work or studies.