Is America’s Mental Health on a Runaway Train
October 10th of this year marked the 25th Anniversary of World Mental Health Day; a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues. It is only fitting that Insight Healthy Living (a magazine and directory dedicated to helping people locally and globally find balance and health in a modern world) shines the spotlight on Mental Health in this fall/winter 2017 edition.
It is estimated that over 16 million adult Americans now suffer from a major depressive illness. Most of them are women. But less than 40% seek help and treatment. Many women “hide” their depression behind a variety of coping mechanisms. The hidden symptoms of depression can mean the underlying causes go unnoticed and untreated.
The good news is, depression is a recognized and treatable illness and our featured article discusses the symptoms of “hidden depression” and aims to encourage and empower women to seek help rather than suffer in secret.
Additionally, according to Mental Health America, recent findings estimate that over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined have a mental health condition. If that were not alarming enough, youth mental health is also worsening. MHA also reports that rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 63% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.
With the statistics pointing to what can only be described as an epidemic, it is no wonder that the antidepressant industry has reached the multi-billion dollar revenue mark and is growing every year. It has never been more apparent that Americans must find alternative ways to reduce and deal with stress. The future of our world and the quality of life for our children depends on it.
To that end, you will also find articles that endeavor to arm you with coping skills and natural ways to prevent stress and anxiety from running away with your life. When it comes to health, prevention is always better than trying to stop a runaway freight train of mental health issues and we hope that these informational resources will help.
As always the directory portion of the Insight Healthy Living is at the heart of the Magazine as a resource and guide for finding local practitioners, services, events, retreats, and products for you and your family’s physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Wishing you peace and health through the Holiday Season and New Year!