By Joseph R. Yost
One in four. Twenty-five percent; that’s how many adult Americans are estimated to live with a diagnosable mental health condition. While mental health and substance abuse issues are common, they are also treatable, and it is possible for individuals to go on to recover and lead full and productive lives.
Unfortunately, though, many people living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help because of the stigma. Stigma is born from lack of information or a misunderstanding of mental health conditions.
Yost is a member of the General Assembly. He represents House District 12, which includes Blacksburg.