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Mental illness is a highly prevalent, life-threatening disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is a disease that:

  • Strikes people of all ethnic groups, religions and economic brackets.
  • Strikes the young, and often goes undiagnosed and untreated for many years.
  • Threatens lives everywhere: in America, more people die from suicide than from cancer, homicide or HIV/AIDS.
  • Has a significant impact on human productivity, causing as many lost days of work as cancer, heart attacks or back pain.
  • Has a staggering impact on the global economy.

However, mental illness is treatable.  There is hope for people who have it.

  • People can recover from mental illness with good treatment and, most importantly, a reliable support system of other people.
  • The emergence of Clubhouses in many countries around the world are demonstrating that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities.

Accredited Clubhouses offer people who have mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential.
For more information, please see Mental Health Organizations and Reference Library.