A Public Health Issue: Mental Health Treatment

A Public Health Issue: Mental Health Treatment

Families who struggle with mental illness in a loved one know the difficulties that can afflict everyone at home. But few are aware of the massive impact of the private issue of mental health on the public. The fact is that when members of the community struggling with a mental health disorder get the care they need to heal, everyone prospers. When mental wellness goes untreated, communities suffer from increased instances of:

  • Poor economy
  • Low employment
  • Homelessness
  • Crime
  • Poverty

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), based on January 2010 reports, the following is true in the US:

  • More than a quarter of adults living in homeless shelters have been diagnosed with a serious mental health disorder.
  • Almost half of all adults staying in a homeless shelter are living with a drug abuse disorder or a mental illness.
  • About 20 percent of Americans will experience symptoms of a mental health issue in a given year, yet only a third of those people will seek help through professional mental health treatment services.
  • More than 38,000 people in the United States took their own lives in 2010. That number is twice the number of Americans who lost their lives to homicide.
  • Treatment works. About 33 percent of patients diagnosed with a serious mental health disorder who were supported by mental health treatment services after a long-term residential stay in a treatment facility found a full recovery and return to social function and balance. Another 33 percent improved significantly in the areas of psychiatric status and ability to function.
  • Without treatment, productivity is far less than it could be. More than six million patients are receiving care through state services yet only 20 percent of them are able to hold down a job. Employment programs that work specifically with patients who have a mental health disorder are successful in placing more than half of their patients in a paid job.
  • The average cost of treatment for mental health issues between 2007 and 2008 was about $2,000.
  • About 186,000 Americans received social security disability benefits in 2006 because they were unable to hold down a job. This amounts to more than $193 billion in lost earnings every year.

If your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue and is unable to function in life as a result, there are options to help them find a sense of balance in their lives. Call us today and speak to an admissions coordinator about mental health treatment opportunities available now.