Time to Raise Awareness About Mental Health Around the World
Each year, millions of Americans face the challenges of living with a mental health condition. These conditions affect everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite increased awareness of the impact of mental illness, many sufferers continue to struggle with the added burden of stigma and misunderstanding.
With regard to this challenge, the theme of this year’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for National Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, the organization will raise the voices of those who have experienced the conditions and symptoms that carry the greatest stigma.
At NeuroOne Medical Technologies, we also support NAMI’s year-long awareness campaign, “You Are Not Alone,” which features the stories of people affected by mental illness to inspire others and educate the broader public.
October is an excellent time to come together as one unified voice, calling for greater understanding, education, innovation and research into how the brain works for the betterment of all.
Call for Research and Innovation
The brain and all of its functions remain a frontier for more learning and growth, understanding which parts of the brain control certain functions, especially parts of the brain that control moods and mental illness.
Currently, NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corporation is committed to developing a high-definition, minimally invasive platform electrode technology for recording and treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
This technology has garnered interest from neurosurgeons that treat severe neurological disorders, such as severe depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, in addition to spine and brain applications. In fact, deep brain stimulation has recently been applied to alleviate anhedonia—the inability to experience pleasure from typically enjoyable activities—in patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Focus on Mental Wellness
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. On National Depression Screening Day, take an online depression screening. It’s free, anonymous, and confidential.
World Mental Health Day is about mobilizing efforts in support of mental health and providing an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
We support these efforts and also point to new technologies designed to target parts of the nervous system for therapeutic purposes.
To learn more about NeuroOne and the Evo Cortical Electrode, contact us.