Do you know someone who struggles with a mental illness? You more than likely do, as one in every five adults in America is experiencing some sort of mental or behavioral health issue. That is 43.8 million adults; even if you don’t know someone directly, you likely have a friend or a family member who has been experiencing it.
You may have even experienced certain symptoms yourself: depression, feelings of anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and many others. There are a multitude of mental and behavioral health issues that have been categorized with specific classifications. While it may seem like there has been an explosion of these cases throughout the country, it may be in part due to the awareness focused on our mental health as a nation.
Depression has been found to be the number one leading cause of disability worldwide; in fact, serious mental illnesses costs the United States over $193 billion in lost earnings each year. It certainly has impacted our country in a significant way, but we have also recently seen an increase in focus on drawing resources to identify and treat this epidemic.
Part of the underlying problem is related to individuals actually going out and getting the required treatment. Statistically, almost sixty percent of adults and nearly fifty percent of youth in the 8 to 15-year-old bracket fail to receive mental health services each year. In addition, African Americans and Hispanic Americans utilized mental health services about half as much as the rate of white Americans, and a third the rate of Asian Americans. Part of this issue can potentially revolve around certain individuals or families in poorer communities being at a disadvantage financially, as well as not receiving enough training in regards to mental health care. Another aspect may be attributed to some mental health stigmas that still exist to an extent in certain cultures. Regardless, the fact remains that we must continually work to spread knowledge on the importance of receiving mental health and behavioral health care.
Choosing a mental health facility that will enable one to identify their mental or behavioral health needs, and then work together to provide both short and long-term solutions is critical for success. A mental health facility that promotes growth and structure for both patients and their families will always be a significant factor when it comes to success in treatment.
Ultimately, mental health issues truly require a team approach. It is extremely difficult to face mental health issues alone, and the ability to have family or significant others supporting you can make all the difference. In addition, the nurses, mental health professionals, psychologists, doctors and other members of mental health facilities form a cohesive unit. Having a treatment team focused on finding the right treatment experience for each and every individual is a winning combination.
If you or a loved one suffer from a mental health issue and would like to learn more about it or discuss potential treatment possibilities, contact SBC Charlotte at 855-537-2262 for a free and confidential evaluation today.