Easter Seals Michigan Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 2-8, 2011

Sep 26, 2011, 14:39 ET from Easter Seals Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults -- approximately 57.7 Americans -- experience a mental health disorder in a given year.  As a leading provider in behavioral health services, Easter Seals Michigan (ESM) continues to demonstrate its commitment to the successful recovery of individuals with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

"Occasions like Mental Illness Awareness Week offer a valuable opportunity to discuss important issues about the need for successful behavioral health programs in Michigan communities, as well as communities throughout the country," explains ESM President and CEO Brent Wirth. "Last year alone, more than 8,600 individuals and families chose Easter Seals' behavioral health therapies and programs to help manage their illness and ultimately lead more fulfilling and productive lives."

Easter Seals' highly-qualified staff members are skilled in Person-Centered Planning processes, which are used to identify each individual's dreams, desires, needs, abilities and preferences to determine what services and supports will best meet their needs and wants. Person-Centered Planning includes recognizing and addressing health and safety needs as well.

In addition to Person-Center Planning processes, ESM also utilizes Evidence-Based Practices in its treatment protocol for people with disabilities, mental illness and other special needs. Evidence-Based Practices combine the best research findings, clinical expertise and individual values to determine a person's optimal treatment plan. This approach is important to the people Easter Seals serves because it provides the most current and meaningful behavioral health solutions with proven results.

For more information about Easter Seals Michigan and its behavioral health services for mental illness visit www.essmichigan.org or call 800.75.SEALS.

SOURCE Easter Seals Michigan