How important is Mental Health to you?



A recent study on anxiety and suicide indicated that nearly 90% of Americans highly regard Mental Health, claiming it to be of equal importance to physical health. “Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives. People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The survey depicted that the consensus agreed that the access to mental health care is costly yet inaccessible.

The survey also found that nearly 53% of Americans did not recognize a link between those with anxiety disorders to be at risk for suicide. Men were found to be less inclined to reach out for mental health treatment such as seeing an psychiatrist. Men also were less reported to report anxiety and depressive disorders but more likely than women to report substance-related conditions.

“Between 1999 and 2013, nationwide suicide rates have increased 19.9%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide and rates are especially higher for middle-aged, white, non-Hispanic men 35 to 65 years old,” said Dr. Alex Crosby, branch chief with the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.”

Seeking care seen as a sign of strength

Additionally, The survey depicted that people ages 18 to 24 are becoming more comfortable with seeking medical help and are more likely to regard it a sign of strength to see a medical health professional, compared with older people. I think this shows how far we’ve come as a society in the sense that we are opening ourselves up to others and seeking help when necessary. In this sense, I feel as though men are lowering the “masculine wall” and allowing themselves to be more vulnerable for the right spiritual reasons.
Finally, it is important to consider the value of friendship in a situation where a loved one or a close friend is at their lowest. Talking to that individual on a personal level can make all the difference. While it is agreed by many health care professionals that there needs to be more accessibility to treatment (i.e – proper facilities, more health care professionals, and first-response support) across the nation. We as compassionate individuals can make all the difference for the ones in need. Lending out a helping hand is a great value to embody as well as for others to recognize in you. After all, “Talking can help save lives.”
Article by Azadeh Ansari (CNN)

One thought on “How important is Mental Health to you?”

  1. Mental health is definitely something that many people overlook. I agree it is equally as important as physical health. Anxiety and depression can greatly effect a persons quality of life and should be taken seriously. It is true that there is not as many treatment options are regularly available where people who have trouble with their mental health would feel comfortable seeking help without it seeming like a big deal. If it feels like to much work then they may decide its not worth it, so having some form of help to access easily would benefit many people who are struggling.


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