By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
June 4, 2017
One in 5 adults, or approximately 43.8 million people, will experience
mental illness during their lifetime. Approximately 20.2 million adults in
the United States experience a substance use disorder each year and 50
percent of them have a co-occurring mental illness.
Quite often people are alarmed when you begin discussing mental health, but
there is only one way to overcome that fear and that is through transparency
and awareness. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services,
mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
It affects how we think, feel and act.