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United Way of Sevier County and FamilyWize team up to combat nation’s mental health problems and help thousands in need of prescription assistance.
Partnership with FamilyWize saves $1.2 Million for 16,577 peoplelocally and provides access to mental health medication
Dateline, June 13, 2014 – With the ongoing increase in efforts to effectively address mental health in communities across the country, United Way of Sevier County and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed together to provide a solution for the community. Local residents have saved $319,808 on mental health prescription medications they might not have been able to afford otherwise, thanks to a partnership between the two organizations.
More than one in five U.S. adults suffers from mental health issues, while one in 10 young adults experience a period of significant depression, according to MentalHealth.gov. One in 20 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.
As part of last month’s recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, President Obama issued a proclamation addressing the growing issue of mental illness in the nation.
“Over the course of a year, one in five adults will experience a mental illness, yet less than half will receive treatment. Because this is unacceptable, my Administration is fighting to make mental health care more accessible than ever,” Obama’s proclamation read, in part.
FamilyWize, a unique national grassroots community initiative offering free prescription assistance to millions of Americans in partnership with United Way of Sevier County, is dedicated to reducing the cost of prescription medicine for individuals and families through distribution of free prescription savings cards. The FamilyWize cards may be used by anyone in need and are provided free through United Way of Sevier County.
FamilyWize and the United Ways across the country have helped nearly 7 million people nationwide save close to $700 million on the medicines they need to live healthy lives – including $197 million in mental health prescription cost savings. Almost 1,000 United Ways distribute the cards in the communities they serve.
The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in 2005 to help all people get the medicine they need. Today, more than 80,000 community agencies, thousands of United Ways and the America’s Promise Alliance Partners coordinate local distribution of the free FamilyWize prescription drug discount card, which lowers the cost of medicine as much as 75% or more. The free FamilyWize cards have helped seven million people save almost $700 million. For more information, visit familyWize.org/about-us.