Recent reports from Mental Health of America suggest that the current situation regarding mental health across the United States is concerning. More precisely, the depression rates among young people have increased since last year even if most of them have medical insurance.
The biggest problem is that half of these people do not seek or receive treatment. Experts claim that there are a wide variety of factors which have led to these statistics and one of them is the stigma that has taken its toll on children, teenagers, and many adults including parents and veterans.
Although a significant part of them suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, they are either unaware of their condition, or they simply think they can deal with it on their own. Also, in many local communities throughout the United States, people don’t have access to proper treatment due to the lack of public mental health care specialists.
It is worth mentioning that those living in the U.S. prisons face the same problem as they have little or no access to medical assistance. Based on the latest findings, about 40 million Americans suffer from mental health issues, whereas 56 percent of them do not receive any medication, regardless of whether they have medical insurance or not.
Depression rates among adolescent have increased since 2011 from 8.5 percent to 11.1 percent by 2014. These statistics point to the fact that the next generation will have to deal with more issues compared with the current one.
Also, even if some of them suffer from severe depression, 80 percent of these adolescents receive little or no treatment at all. Approximately 1.2 million individuals in jails suffer from mental health disorders.
Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas have the highest imprisonment rates and almost no access to public mental health care. More than 57,000 people living in these states are imprisoned and live with a mental condition.
Worse, there is a low workforce in most states because psychiatric nurses, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists are just a few compared with such a high number of cases.
Out of all states, Connecticut ranked first with the fewest mental health patients, and the best access to proper treatment.
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