Horizon Blog

How to help someone with mental illness

May 31st, 2015

Being a family member or friend of someone struggling with a mental disorder can be overwhelming and confusing. As someone on the sidelines, there are few things that can be done to help make things easier for all parties involved. Take the time to research and ask questions. To be a good friend or family member, it’s essential that you […]

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

March 10th, 2015

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that can be quite misunderstood. It’s estimated that 5.5 million Americans age 18 or older, or 2.6 percent of the adult population have the disorder. Bipolar disorder can be detrimental if not properly managed. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar Disorder, or Manic-Depressive Illness, is a brain disorder characterized […]

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Community Based Programs Improve Lives of Young Adults

June 12th, 2013

A recent report by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows community-based programs improve the lives of young adults with mental health challenges. Here are some interesting statistics from the report: Twenty percent of young adults (18-25) living in U.S. households had a mental health condition in the last year. Of these, […]

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Mental Health: Frequently-Asked Questions

October 11th, 2012

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. The following are the answers to some frequently-asked questions about mental health issues: What causes mental illness? We don’t know the specific causes of mental illnesses. However, causes can include the influences of our biological make-up, the impact of our life experiences including those of early life/childhood, trauma […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012: Oct. 7-13, 2012

October 7th, 2012

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Below is an infographic that will show you the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S.  Our goal at Horizon is […]

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Kara’s Story

September 26th, 2012

Kara always prided herself on being a “fixer” so when her uncle was diagnosed with schizophrenia she nominated herself to put together all the broken pieces of his life. She spent countless hours listening to him and eventually allowing her emotions to tie to his. Once she realized she couldn’t “fix” her uncle, she also […]

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