Mental Health Issues
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there is a significant percentage increase of adults obtaining mental health treatment from 19.2 percent in 2019 to 21.6 percent in 2021 respectively (Mental Health America, 2022). The report revealed that the group that is more likely to receive treatment is the younger adults of aged 18 to 44 and most especially women. Millions of adults in America experience serious suicidal thoughts, with the highest number among them being multiracial individuals. Also, a significant number of youths in the country are experiencing depression that often result to severely impairing the ability to function properly at home, school, work, or in their social life. 59.8 percent of youth reported with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment while the participants who gained the treatment were either in therapy or counseling from a mental health professional, on prescription medication for their mental health, or both (Martin, 2022).
Therefore, from the findings it is significant to consider asking the following questions when addressing the state of mental health in America:
How many adults and youth have mental health issues?
How many adults and youth have access to insurance?
How many adults and youth have substance use issues?
Which states have higher barriers to accessing mental health care?
How many adults and youth have access to adequate insurance?
How many adults and youth have access to mental health care?