Hi I’m Saul Zelan, I’m one of the
psychiatrists at Barton Memorial Hospital and I’m here for your Barton Health Peek. Mental illness needs to be thought of as something that can be recovered from. It’s oftentimes the result of events that occur to us, not as the result of our choice, and result in changes in the body and the brain that I think we need to think of as a form of injury that we can recover from. The good news is that we are very good at providing treatment for mental illness. Mental illness is a huge problem, not
just in our culture and our community, but in communities worldwide. For example, between 30,000 and 40,000 people a year die as a result of suicide in
this country alone. About a million people worldwide die as the result of suicide every year. Just because someone looks like they’re not suffering on the outside, doesn’t mean that they aren’t suffering. We’ve been trained, I think, in
our culture to not talk about pain and suffering, and in particular, to not talk
about emotional pain and suffering. For more information or resources on
mental health go to BartonHealth.org.