Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Welcome to Minds & Matters, the new NCSS blog!

Hello and welcome!

Our blog is also about to head down a new path, and we’re very excited to be launching it at the same time that our responsive website has its debut. We know how busy life can be. Every day can feel like a marathon and you’re perpetually stuck at mile 23!

You might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have time to read a blog!” While some days you might be right, we hope you can find the time (at least some of the time) to join us on our new path.

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness in a given year? And 1 in 25 adults in America lives with a serious mental illness? Even with these numbers, the average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8 to 10 years, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). While there may be a number of reasons for this statistic, we at NCSS recognize that there is a social stigma associated with mental illness; this stigma can feel debilitating and it prevents the majority of people with mental illness from seeking help. NCSS prefers to view STIGMA as an acronym for Striving To Increase Good Mental Health Awareness.

Minds & Matters is for everybody—clients, staff, families, community members—and we invite you to join us. A blog post may focus on one of our programs here at NCSS, offer a discussion about a mental health article or issue, cast a glow on an inspiring story from our community, or provide tips and pointers for general health and well-being. It is NCSS’ mission to build a stronger community; engaging in meaningful conversations can move us just a bit closer to our goal.

We hope you’ll visit Minds & Matters again.

we’re here for you