VIABILITY mental health poster shows what we can do
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Mental illness is a prominent issue in the United States. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, has estimated more than 43 million adults experience mental illness in a given year. The statistics, consequences, and impacts are staggering.
• 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness
• Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness
• Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earning every year
At our clubhouses, staffers support those who experience mental illness. In 2018, we served 950 members who are affected by mental health challenges.
Brainstormed by Lighthouse staff, the poster sheds light on the issue and how clubhouses are making a significant impact on people’s recovery, said Eneroliza “Liza” Cardenas, Lighthouse program manager.
“I was very happy with how the poster turned out,” said Liza, pronounced Lee-sa, who requested the poster for Lighthouse’s upcoming open house on May 22. “We hope the poster can call the attention of our guests, educate them about mental health, and work to remove the stigma surrounding the disease. Hopefully the poster also inspires them to support our agency’s mission and more specifically, inspire them to support Lighthouse.”
Director Krystle Bernier, who oversees communications and marketing, agreed.
“VIABILITY is an industry leader in human services and strives to be a data driven organization,” she said. “Visual representations like this educate the public about the barriers that exist in our community for people with disabilities and other societal disadvantages, and also demonstrates what VIABILITY is doing to support our members in overcoming those barriers.”
In 2018, our clubhouses have placed 34 chronically homeless individuals in need of mental health services. Plus, 250 of our members are working competitively with clubhouse supports. And, 165 members have been placed in competitive jobs through the support of employment services.