Brain health affects everyone. Almost all of us know a person or family member who has been weighed down by mental health or addiction issues. Many of us have personal struggles. A recent article in Scientific American magazine reported that more than 80% of us will develop a diagnosable mental illness at some point in our lives. Put another way, we are more likely to experience a "bout" of mental illness than any other chronic health condition.
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 1 in 4 people have a mental health disorder. In Palm Beach County, that translates to approximately 330,000 people.
In Palm Beach County, brain disorders - including substance use disorder - are claiming thousands of lives each year. Lack of resources and support for mental health conditions has claimed the top spot of Palm Beach County's greatest unmet health needs for several years in a row.
Now is the time to shine a spotlight on this important health issue.
The foundation has launched the Brain Health Innovation Fund, which will strengthen the local bonds between scientific research, community ties, and quality care to transform brain health right here in our own backyard.
Palm Health Foundation is addressing brain health in Palm Beach County by: