Location and funding are impediments, although some people who could benefit from care are reluctant to seek it. "Stigma around mental health continues to be another factor why people do not seek services even though a need exists," the report said.
While mental health professionals and advocates have made progress in educating the public about mental illness, they continue to fight the stigma.
"Some people have to be pretty desperate before they will go to an emergency room," Talboys said.
University Neuropsychiatric Institute has for decades offered tours of its facilities to further public understanding about mental illness and the resources the university and other community partners provide.
"Simply bringing people to see what a psychiatric hospital looks like has been helpful. It's not 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,'" she said.
"The problem with mental illness is, you can't see it. If you have a broken leg, people see it and they empathize."
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