Welcome to Mental Health America of Pueblo!
The mission of Mental Health America of Pueblo is to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and to increase access to treatment through education, advocacy and research development.
We hope that you will join us for our monthly program lunches, held on the second Wednesday of each month. To learn more about our monthly programs, please click here.
The Surgeon General of the United States confirmed in 1999 what most of us already knew—that mental illnesses are real, common, and (most importantly), treatable. Although 23% of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, less than half of them receive treatment, even though the treatment success rate for mental illness is as high as 80%. When mental illness is left untreated, a host of social ills can follow, including homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, loss of productivity at school and work or even suicide.
More than you might guess some public figures openly admit that they have been diagnosed with a mental illness, giving new hope to individuals who may either be unaware or embarrassed to admit that they have a problem. In 1999, Mike Wallace (now well into his 80s) admitted that he suffered from clinical depression for many years and is grateful for the antidepressant he takes daily which allows him to lead a rich and full life. We now know that mental illness such as depression, when left untreated, can lower a person’s immunity to other physical diseases, can lead to an increase in alcohol consumption, or can contribute to parental negligence and violent behaviors.
It has been estimated that by 2020 mental illness could be the second largest cause of disability in the world. When the stigma of mental illness is removed and people seek treatment as readily for their depression as they do for heart disease, perhaps we can bring this disease fully into the light, increase treatment and enhance favorable outcomes. Clearly openness, education and public awareness of mental illnesses are the building blocks to meet that goal.