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Mental Health Care Has Systemic Issues

Mental health is important at every stage of life. While most people believe that mental health discussions are important, not enough is done to fill in the gaps. Our mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel, and behave. It also has an impact on how we handle stress, engage with others, and make healthy choices.

Making conscious, healthy choices can help us live the healthiest lifestyle possible. Let's take a look at what it means to make a healthy choice and how our social decisions effect our community and personal well-being. It's important to remember that the government exists to serve the people, so we should elect healthy people to represent us.

Excessive government spending continues to slap Americans in the face, and raising taxes isn't the solution. The government is squandering public funds on pointless expenditures. To enhance the lives of Americans, we must address the problem at its source and allocate funds to critical services. Our mental health system is so flawed that it has a significant influence on the American people. Disparities exist between racial groups, as well as high-cost health care services and a lack of access to high-quality care.

According to the McKinsley American Opportunity Survey, 60% of Americans consider mental health care to be unaffordable. As a result, many people who have mental illnesses have been unable to receive therapy since it is "very expensive." So, how do we proceed from here? Let's look at ourselves first. Let's improve mental health treatment, encourage others to do so, initiate petitions, and discuss these issues at board meetings. The establishment of community mental health services should be promoted. Everyone should have access to high-quality health care, which should not be limited to specific communities or neighborhoods. Why would you want to separate primary care from mental health treatment? This has puzzled me for quite some time. Mental health treatment, in my opinion, should be incorporated in primary care. Mental health treatments are critical for prevention and intervention, yet they are deliberately out of reach and insanely expensive. Consider this: if mental health services were integrated into general hospitals, urgent care clinics, and doctors' offices, the number of psychiatric facilities would be reduced.

We forget that we don't have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to seek help; sometimes all you need is to debrief and check in with yourself, and that's perfectly fine. Self-care means looking after oneself to be well, be productive, and to assist and care for others. More funds should be invested into the construction of mental health pop-up clinics on more street corners, rather than having 2-3 alcohol stores on the same block or within a certain radius.

According to mental health America, the following major findings for 2022 have been uncovered thus far:

  • In the United States, both adults and children continue to be disadvantaged.

  • Mentally ill people who are uninsured make up 11.1% of the population in the United States. The indicator increased by 0.3% from the previous year's dataset, marking the second year in a row since the Affordable Care Act's adoption (ACA).

  • A total of 950,000 youngsters, or 8.1% of all children, had private insurance that did not cover mental health care.

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