How does this Mental Health Epidemic affect your life?
Social condition related to poor mental health:
Child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, rape, increased divorce rates, lacking social empathy, job losses/unemployment, decreased self-care, illnesses related to stress, road rage and drunk driving, normalized narcissistic social values, abuse of power, no prosecution of those in power who participate in illegal activities (that have catastrophic social consequences - i.e. economic recession/depression), growing environmental issues, narcissistic leadership and politicians, increased crimes and imprisonment of the poor - and the lists goes on. Everyone makes decisions through their own psychological filter and level of mental health; this is why mental health is so important for a thriving successful society.
Ineffective Care for Mental Illness
PROBLEM: Recognizing the need for comprehensive care for treatable mental illness/disorder is crucial, and it's very important to understand that mental disorder is NOT a self-inflicted illness. Most importantly, like many other illnesses it does not go away without treatment and become progressively worse when untreated. Mental illnesses aren't going away, and because it can be generation there's evidence of increasing incidents and severity.
TREATMENT: Realistically, resources must include, appropriate comprehensive support, such as, long-term and/or temporary state or federally financed support (SSI) MUCH higher than $760 a month (or, SSDI appx. $1500 based upon years worked and total earnings). The current disability amount forces sick people to live below the national poverty level. We're placing vulnerable people (who are the ill) into a more unstable position.
Simply, ask yourself, is it humane to force the mentally ill on disability to survive on less than $1000 mth.?
This population need comprehensive community support services, which includes: 1) free or affordable healthcare, 2) good long term or temporary housing, 3) familial support with therapy and other services. The absence of adequate assistance affects everyone, creates more stress for the sick and families, makes daily life unmanageable, and causes a decline in physical AND mental health.
WHY CHANGE: The public should think and consider how can affect and why they should help change this dysfunctional system of care for the vulnerable mentally ill. Antiquated myths, misinformation about mental illnesses and if you examine the evidence of what happens after neglecting this issue, in our society, it's clear to see the serious consequences.
It's more than the increased mass shootings, but over $100 billion innational revenue are lost each year due to decreased productivity, and the US spends more on health care and in insurance costs (because we are typically treating people in crisis in a hospital ER).