Testimonials from the Mental Health Symposium 2.26.15:
We believe that stigma is the greatest barrier to individuals accessing mental health services. Katie
Continue to talk about mental health everywhere we can to take away the stigma. Kim
Lack of financial resources for both individuals and agencies are barriers to mental health access. Katie
...we need to become very active in telling our state senators and representatives that we need funding to remain the same and that we want more resources for this population. Mary
Of the nation’s students identified as having emotional disabilities, over 50% exit the school system without a high school diploma
Nearly 75% do not continue their education after high school
And of those who continue their educations beyond high school, over 70% have experienced mental health crises while on campus, which often results in the lack of degree completion.
In the workforce, 60 – 80% of individuals who live with mental illness are unemployed, with number estimated to be as high as 90% for individuals living with severe mental illness
Of those who are employed, many experience elevated rates of underemployment, such as being passed over for promotions or employment instability, as they experience increased rates of being fired from a job.
INDEPENDENT LIVING & STABILITY
With an education that may not even equate to a high school diploma and high rates of unemployment, under employment and employment instability, independent and stable living situations are difficult to achieve.
In 2010, it was estimated that over 14,000 Illinoisans experienced homelessness each night
Comparably, on a national level, over 30% of adult homelessness is associated with severe mental illness.
Involvement in the criminal justice system is a frequent reality for those who experience mental illness.
In Illinois, over 60% of local jail inmates, over 55% of state prisoners and approximately 45% of federal prisoners experience a form of mental illness
Of those 14,000, nearly 32% suffered from severe mental i illness. Nationally, over 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system experience at least one mental health condition
It is estimated that individuals who suffer from mental illness are 3 times more likely to be in the criminal justice system than receiving treatment in an inpatient facility.
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IMPACT ON FAMILIES
ACCESS TO SERVICES
On February 26, 2015, an inaugural mental health symposium took place. This symposium was the brain child of a group of high school district special education directors and staff who were concerned with the minimal resources available to our young adults with mental health needs exiting the school system.
Out of this concern grew an idea for a symposium bringing together experts in the field of education and mental health to share resources and have conversations to drive future directions to support students with emotional disabilities transitioning into adulthood. Representatives from Legal, Legislative, Mental Health Agencies, Schools, Medical and Behavioral Health Facilities, Vocational Entities, University Researchers, and Families explored the issue and identified potential actions for transforming the future for young adults with mental health needs.
Below are links to information regarding the day, presenters, and ideas generated during the symposium. Forthcoming will be a consolidated action plan from the list of ideas synthesized based on attendees' feedback.
Our Goal: A Call to Action to Transform the Future for Young Adults with Mental Health Needs.
Transcripts from Candor
Transcripts from Today's Meet
Presentations from Symposium 2.26.15
Supporting Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Challenges (Dr. Sloan Huckabee)