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Why the World Needs More Mental Health Professionals Now Than Ever

Mental Health & Poverty

  • More than 75% of people who have suffered from a mental illness in the world either receive no treatment or care. A major disadvantage for adolescents and their families is their mental health. Mental health problems in low-income families place them at risk of neglect or abused within their community.
  • The lack of access to affordable treatment leads to a cycle of poverty and mental health that is difficult to break
  • People in poverty are at high at risk of a mental illness, regularly exposed to stressful events, unstable living conditions, and exploitation
  • People who have mental illness will either remain or drift into poverty.

Veteran’s Mental Health

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a life-threatening event. Veterans with PTSD tend to have , trouble sleeping, maintaining relationships, and returning to their previous civilian lives. Due to ongoing wars, there is a constant demand for PTSD treatments
  • Since 2015, PTSD cases have risen over 50%, with over 540,000 veterans diagnosed today
  • At least 22 veterans take their own lives a day, due to stresses on the battlefield
  • 1 in every 5 military soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq has PTSD.

Teen Pregnancy

  • Compared to non pregnant teens, Teenagers before and after delivery have an increased risk of academic difficulties, behavioral disorders, illicit drug abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • Children raised by depressed adolescent mothers have both genetic and environmental risks
  • Depressed adolescent mothers tend to have difficulties nurturing their child’s social and emotional needs. Proper child development is at risk if the mother lacks education, employment, and income.

Mental Health & Poverty: Breaking the Current Cycle

  • The treatment gap for common mental disorders in low and middle income countries can be addressed through an evidenced based treatment called Task-Shifting. Task-Shifting trains and supervises lay health workers.
  • Task-Shifting intervention delivered by lay health workers will address the treatment gap by educating and providing mental health care to other local communities .
  • Quality improvement programs for Mental Health centers will improve the care standards and outcome for people with mental health problems

Caring for Teen Mothers

  • Adolescents who are pregnant will have access to a therpeautic facility before and after delivery. Early treatment for mental health problems will avoid long-term consequences and affect how quickly the mother recovers.
  • Family intervention programs shall encourage postive reinforcement methods and avoid hostile environments
  • Implementation of Intensive School-based programs would offer medical coordination, support groups, availability for the teenage mother

Low-Income Countries

  • With a $150 billion dollar budget, funds will go towards constructing mental health care centers and provide wages for local mental health workers in low to middle income countries.
  • Funds will go towards Intervention programs like the Friendship Bench. Professional mental health workers will utilize task shifting methods to educate lay health workers and promote mental health care to local communities
  • Quality mental health centers will provide the necessary care and treatment for low income communities.

Veteran’s Fund

  • For $250 billion dollars, in every state there will be mental health centers. Support programs and wages will be provided for VA mental health workers.
  • We will hire more psychiatrist and social workers to give veterans the opportunity to treat their symptoms at the early stage. Specialized training will also be taught to social workers
  • We will add funds to the support program called Wounded Warriors that serve our veterans with mental or physical injuries. This intervention program will help veterans cope by not only offering therapy but will guide the veteran community to gain independence and economic empowerment

In Conclusion

Mental health is a global issue and a persistent part of the human condition. It affects people in all walks of life but in our project we have focused on three marginalized groups. Veterans, low-income communities, and teenage parents. Our priority is to fund facilities and healthcare professionals for these groups. Our second goal of the outreach program is to offer healthcare, medicine supplies, and opportunities to seek help. We want to give those suffering in these groups for specialized care, a place to go, but also seek them out and bring help to them.

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9 replies on “Why the World Needs More Mental Health Professionals Now Than Ever”

Wonderful write up. Well crafted and able to convey the reasons of mental pressures and sickness. It was nice reading the article. It clearly brought out a lot that usually remains untouched in totality during deliberations on mental health issues.
Well done beta. Keep up the pace.

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The foremost requirement is to remove the deeply rooted social stigma regarding mental illness/ anxiety which is generally equated with severe mental disorder (madness).
Once this is done others will be easily achievable.

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Short yet valuable analysis of different dimensions of mental illness..very useful write-up that will help build necessary understanding among reader.
Good effort.. Keep it up 😊👍

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