Mental Health America of Illinois
(* formerly Mental Health Association in Illinois)

70 E Lake St, Ste 900
Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-784-2433 24-hour suicide hotline
312-368-0283 Fax

To promote mental health, prevent mental illness and improve the care and treatment of persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

Facts and Statistics
National estimates indicate that one in five persons in the U. S. suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder.

Less than 20% of those with a mental illness receive appropriate treatment and services.

Worldwide, major depression is the leading cause of disability (number of years lived with a disabling condition) among persons age 5 and older.

It is estimated that more than 6 million young people in the United States suffers from a mental health problem that severely disrupts their ability to function at home, in school, or in their community.

80-90% of mental disorders are treatable.

Health Info
Like other illnesses, mental illnesses can strike anyone at any time. However, with proper diagnosis and the right course of treatment, people with mental illnesses can live healthy and productive lives.

Symptoms of some well-known mental illnesses
Clinical Depression

  • Persistent, sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too much or too little, middle of the night or early morning waking
  • Reduced or increased appetite and weight loss
  • Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as chronic pain or digestive disorders)
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

General Anxiety Disorder

  • Six months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension
  • Worry excessively about money, health, family or work, even when there are no signs of trouble
  • Fatigue
  • Trembling
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble sleeping

Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression (Cycling of manic and depressive symptoms for prolonged periods of time)

Symptoms of mania include:

  • Excessive energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts and rapid talking
  • Extreme "high" or euphoric feelings
  • Easily irritated or distracted
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Unrealistic beliefs in one's ability or powers
  • Uncharacteristically poor judgment
  • Sustained period of behavior that is different from usual
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol or sleeping medications
  • Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behavior

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Re-experience of traumatic ordeal in flashbacks, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts
  • Re-experience of trauma triggered by events or objects
  • Emotional numbness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability to outbursts of anger
  • Feelings of intense guilt
  • Avoidance of any reminders of ordeal
  • Symptoms last more than one month

If you or someone you know exhibits worrisome behavior, it is important to seek out more information or aid. For immediate help, go to your local hospital emergency room or community mental health center. For general mental health information, please contact MHAI at 312-368-9070, ext. 10 or send an email to

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