October, following National Recovery Month, is all about awareness of Mental Illnesses and how these conditions affect our lives. There is a great deal of stigma that surrounds the idea of being, “mentally ill” most of it being negative or dismissive. We cannot forget that mental illnesses are very real and can be very isolating. While some people do undoubtedly try to garner attention with the guise of having a mental illness, it is important that information be disseminated about the causes, affects, symptoms and solutions regarding mental illness. It is important too that we remember that those with mental instability and stressors are more at risk for substance abuse, and that substance abuse can also lead to the onset of mental disorders and hormone imbalances. While it important that we all do our own research regarding mental health and drug abuse, it can be confusing to get started. So here are some helpful resources to get you going,

Get involved here:
https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/mental-illness-awareness-week,
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/MIAW
and learn the facts here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/health-consequences-drug-misuse/mental-health-effects, https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/rrcomorbidity.pdf