Understanding Mental Illness

Impact Behavioral Health Partners serves adults suffering from Serious Mental Illness.

Mental illness refers to a wide range of conditions that effect mood, thinking and behavior. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 individuals (53.8 million) experience mental illness in a given year.  What qualifies a mental illness as “serious” is the duration and the amount of functional impairment incurred. 


According to NAMI, in 2015, there were an estimated 9.8 million adults with SMI in the last year –roughly 4% of the entire United States’ population. Among those with Serious Mental Illness, roughly 60% receive treatment. These individuals often face more difficulties than the average population.

One of the most challenging barriers to overcome is the stigma surrounding mental illness. Stigma is when someone views a person with a mental illness, even one’s own self, differently because of his or her mental illness and then casts a negative judgement based on this belief. Stigmas occur at a societal level because they are reinforced and self-vindicated by large groups of people. Stigmas surrounding mental health can make it difficult for individuals to get treatment, have relationships, and live on their own.

Studies have shown that when one receives holistic mental health care, his or her progress towards recovery drastically improves; however, access to this type of treatment is limited and often entirely unavailable. Barriers, such as decreased government funding, medication costs, and lack of fully-equipped providers are just a few of the other obstacles to mental health treatment that many individuals face.

Impact Behavioral Health Partners works to increase access to mental health treatment and remove inhibitors that may get in the way. Our wraparound services allow an individual to have complete care under one roof.  Our participants live, work, and engage in their communities; this serves not only to aid in their treatment, but also help destigmatize mental illness.