Survey: Mental Health Crisis in US

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According to a recent survey conducted by the CNN and Kaiser Family Foundation, 90% of the 2000 adults surveyed reportedly agreed that “there is currently a mental health crisis in the U.S.“.

When asked to rate the severity of six specific mental health concerns, the CNN writes “Americans put the opioid epidemic near the top, with more than two-thirds of people identifying it as a crisis rather than merely a problem. More than half identified mental health issues among children and teenagers as a crisis, as well as severe mental illness in adults”.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse told CNN “The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated numerous social stressors that we know can increase the risk of both substance use and mental illness.”

Sarah Brummett, director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s executive committee, told CNN “Perhaps one of the only benefits of the pandemic and the shift that our country has been going through is the increase in our willingness to acknowledge and talk about when we might be struggling or in need of support. People are more willing to roll up their sleeves and talk about it and support folks. And I think that’s progress.”

Health experts, reported saying that there is an opportunity to broaden perceptions about how mental health is part of overall physical health and how to respond to mental health crises, CNN writes.

Justin Baker, a psychologist and assistant professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, told “Not everyone’s a cardiologist, but a lot of people are trained in CPR. If we only rely on the mental health force, we’re going to keep going around in circles and never actually get anywhere. I think we see this as all of our problems.”