Sen. Lightford talked about legislation she has sponsored that would require mental health screening for school- age children in Illinois, an attempt to give families a heads up to mental health issues that may need to be addressed. Treating problems early on can affect quality of life and often avoid costly treatment down the road.
“Improving each citizen’s understanding of mental health improves the overall well-being of our state,” said Lightford.
One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year. About 13.6 million people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder in America, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Thanks to Sen. Lightford, Riveredge Hospital, NAMI, Pillars and the Glen Elllyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and everyone who came for being a part of this event.