The growing concern of mental health problems throughout the United States is far from being over because the statistics show that the situation is quite bad.
The public opinion and some scientists underline that there is a grave need for changes in the United States mental health system beginning with a campaign against the mental illness stigma.
According to the data collected by health officials, the Central Valley has the highest rate of mental illness among adults throughout California, where there are just a few healthcare providers.
The mental health system reform would aim to provide every person with all the medical assistance they need as soon as possible.
Some political figures, families, healthcare providers and local law enforcement gathered two years ago to discuss the mental health situation and the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.
Unfortunately, the problems have not been solved then, as they have taken their toll on more people over the past two years. Based on the reports, 43,000 suicides were recorded in 2015, whereas the health system lacks 100,000 psychiatric beds and over 20,000 adolescent and child psychiatrists.
Regarding the treatments, patients usually, receive medical assistance only after 70 weeks from the diagnosis. Worse, many Americans suffering from mental issues that can get a diagnosis are entirely unaware of the fact that they are sick.
Most of them are afraid of this stigma and think that they can deal with it on their own. However, it is no shame to seek for medical and moral support when it comes to any type of disease.
An impressive amount of $130 billion is invested in the United States mental health system but according to the House Oversight Committee, every psychiatrist they investigated was not employed by the federal mental health agency.
There is no evidence of how all of this money is spent every year because there are no records of how this funding is used. There is also the problem of veterans as the statistics showed that 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
According to scientists, most adults who suffer from mental health issues experience these symptoms before the age of 24. Receiving an early diagnosis prevents severe consequences and improves the life quality of patients.