ANCHOR LEAD: There are 61.5 million Americans impacted by mental illness and many of them go without the care they need. Brian Osuch has more on how tomorrow's mental health professionals can help address these needs and break down the barriers keeping people from professional counseling. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A new survey from University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences finds 42 percent of Americans who seek counseling, experience barriers or obstacles. Dr. Stephen Sharp, academic dean, College of Social Sciences, University of Phoenix…
CUT: (Dr. Sharp) Many Americans who experience barriers to professional counseling are hindered by social stigma. It's important for professionals to have a clear understanding of the barriers individuals face in order to offer appropriate care and encourage those suffering from mental illness to get the help they need.
SCRIPT: Based on these needs, University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, to build a foundation for a stigma free future.
CUT: (Dr. Sharp) We're engaging with industry leaders to ensure our programs at University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences provide students with the skills they need to succeed in their careers as mental health practitioners and in other roles that require a thorough understanding of mental illness.
SCRIPT: For more information, go to Phoenix.edu/socialsciences. That's Newsbreak from University of Phoenix.
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