mh-wmrThe National Institute of Mental Health estimates that approximately 6% of the U.S. population has severe mental illness (SMI). For North Carolina, that percentage translates to approximately 200,000 people who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders. Research shows that without effective treatment, people with SMI are at greater risk than the general population for suicide, incarceration, acute hospitalization, homelessness, joblessness, substance abuse, and medical problems such as obesity and diabetes. Yet, with effective treatment, recovery is possible for people with SMI.

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