Services for Mental Health

It is a well-known statistic that almost two-thirds of all people suffering from mental illness do not seek care. The WHO’s Global Burden of Disease study backs this up. Have a look at The District Recovery Community for more info on this.

People do not seek treatment for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common are a fear of the social stigma associated with mental illness; a fear of jeopardising their welfare (loss of employment, spouse, benefits entitlement, etc. ); an unwillingness to pay for treatment; or a lack of knowledge of the issue.

Many types of mental disorder are no longer stigmatised, and those who suffer from them are no longer excluded from society or the workplace. Many progressive businesses now allow their workers more time to heal from mental illness, and there is a noticeable rise in social consciousness today.

With today’s elevated prevalence, it’s understandable that mental wellbeing has turned into a lucrative cash cow. Psychiatrists and psychologists are among the world’s highest-paid practitioners. As a result, self-help organisations such as Schizophrenics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous have a lot to offer. This provide free access to extremely powerful clinical support services for sufferers.

On a national scale, there are a range of agencies that track and streamline mental health activities. The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Federal Action Agenda for Mental Health are only a few of the agencies involved. These organisations exist to ensure that mental health practitioners behave in a reasonable and helpful manner, as well as to improve the quality of mental health services as needed.

Professional mental health programmes, in general, treat a wide range of mental illnesses or specialise in a specific subset of them. Anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic-stress disorders; bipolar and manic-depressive disorders; schizophrenia; behavioural disorders such as eating disorders; and ADHD/ADD are among the most common (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders).