A new study has revealed that Americans generally consider mental health care important, but say that it’s also expensive and hard to get.
As September has been dubbed “Suicide Prevention Month”, several mental health institutions, including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), have decided to do their part to raise awareness by surveying over 2.000 American adults.
The results showed that about 90 percent (90%) of the subjects believed that mental health was every bit as important as physical health, however one third of them also told researchers that mental health care is a lot less accessible than physical health care.
What’s more, 40 percent (40%) of the subjects said that the high cost of mental health care is an issue for many people.
Overall, 47 percent (47%) of the subjects admitted that they probably had a mental health issue, but just 38 percent (38%) of them went to get treated.
Most of the patients who made an appointment with a mental health professional reported that they had a helpful experience – 82 percent (82%) received psychotherapy and 78 percent (78%) received meds for their respective condition.
While 86 percent (86%) of all subjects were aware of the fact that depression may lead to suicide, just 47 percent (47%) of all subjects were aware of the fact that anxiety may also lead to suicide.
Dr. Mark Pollack, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) president, and professor and chairman of psychiatry at Rush University’s Medical Center (Chicago), offered a statement informing that “There’s a significant body of research that demonstrates that individuals suffering from anxiety disorders and depression face an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and attempts”.
The survey also showed that 55 percent (55%) of all subjects had been touched by suicide in some way, 94 percent (94%) of all subjects believed that suicide can be prevented, 93 percent (93%) of all subjects claimed that they would want to stop someone close to them from committing suicide if they were considering it, and 67 percent (67%) of all subjects claimed that they would try to reach out to someone they were close to if they themselves were having thoughts of suicide.
Other noticeable findings were that subjects younger than 54 were more probable to get treatment and that subjects younger than 34 had a more positive perception of mental health care. women were also more likely than men to talk openly about their mental health issues.
The findings were published earlier this week, on September 1, 2015, by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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