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Most believe there is no shame in getting mental-health help – Health News Today


CRANSTON — A survey of more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders has found that a great majority of respondents believe the importance of seeking help for addiction or mental-health issues.

A solid majority also believe that mental-health conditions are as serious as physical conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

“These survey results show that Rhode Islanders are rejecting the discriminatory attitudes long associated with mental and substance use conditions, and instead are displaying genuine interest and compassion,” Kathryn Power, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, said in a media release announcing the survey results.

She added: “This awareness, coupled with the desire to help, confirms that we are heading in the right direction as we encourage individuals to seek treatment and focus on the hope of recovery.”

The survey of 1,075 people was conducted in January by the department, in partnership with Horizon Healthcare Partners and BHLink, the state’s 24-hour behavioral triage center and hotline, which has played a crucial role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the key findings of the survey:

◘ “91% of Rhode Islanders believe that a person should not feel ashamed to get

help for their behavioral health crisis.”

◘ “The majority of Rhode Islanders know or have known someone who struggled

with behavioral health issues.”

◘ “The majority of Rhode Islanders want to help those struggling with behavior

health issues.”

◘ “While there exists compassion and sympathy for those struggling with

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