United Way, FamilyWize team up to help thousands

With the ongoing increase in efforts to effectively address mental health in communities across the country, Oshkosh Area United Way and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed together to provide a solution for the community. This year alone, thousands of local residents have saved $42,000 on prescription medications they might not have been able to afford otherwise, thanks to the partnership between the two organizations.

More than one in five adults in the U.S. suffers from mental health issues, while one in 10 young adults experience a significant depression, according to MentalHealth.gov. One in 20 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

As part of 2014 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 Americas in partnership with Oshkosh Area United Way, is dedicated to reducing the cost of prescription medicine through distribution of free prescription savings cards. The FamilyWize cards may be used by anyone and are provided free through Oshkosh Area United Way.

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