Why We Are Needed

Stigma

Why are we needed? To help address stigma.

Stigma of mental illness is diminishing in our country as more people openly share their struggles. However, a great need exists for mental health education.

Statistics

Why are we needed? To share facts from top mental health organizations.

According to Mental Health America (MHA), 18%, of adults have a mental health condition.

The National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health condition at some point during their life; for children aged 8-15 that estimate is 13%.

Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44 (HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2009).

Mental Health Connect primarily serves in the Kansas City area. Jackson County, Missouri area has much room for improvement in health care. County Health Outcomes (countyhealthoutcomes.org) reports that in Jackson County some individuals experience 4.4 days per month of poor mental health (lowest is 3.8, highest is 5). Jackson County is ranked 60th out of 115 counties in overall health outcomes, where 1 is the healthiest.

Suicide Prevention

Why are we needed? To encourage suicide prevention related to mental illness.

Mental illness is one contributor of the growing suicide epidemic in our country. We want to be part of the solution to this problem. Mental Health Connect (formerly In God’s Corner Ministry) held a suicide prevention conference on July 13, 2019, and hope to offer more of these events.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2016:

Suicide identified suicide as the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

There were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19,362).

What We Offer

Visit our programs and services page to read how we plan to carry out our work.