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.”