It is time to make mental health care a continual national priority, not just in the days after tragedies. Here are a few facts on the subject:
Fact: One in four Americans experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Fact: One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness.
Fact: Most violent crimes are committed by people who do not have mental illness.
Since 2008, America has cut $4 billion from its already ailing public mental health system. Many community mental health programs have disappeared, and more than 4,000 psychiatric hospital beds have been eliminated. For many, no help is available until they go into crisis.
Inclusion of mental health care in the Affordable Care Act is a good first step toward change.. More is needed, including mental health screening, early intervention, evidence-based mental health treatment and services, and family education and support.
If you or a loved one needs care and you do not know where to turn, NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) http://www.nami.org a family based advocacy group is a good resource and starting point.
If you or a loved one needs support and strategies for stress and anger management in Long Island or via video skype, please contact me for a complimentary consult:
516 623 4353 http://www.balanceandpower.com