Staying Optimistic about Mental Healthcare

We have to acknowledge the unfortunate truth that the government and healthcare industry have failed those with mental health issues over and over again. In all cases of official healthcare discussions, it seems that people’s mental health tends to be thrown to the wayside. It’s sad considering that over 43 million Americans deal with mental health issues. However, that’s where medical health professionals are beginning to take things into their own hands.

Realizing the American struggle for decent mental healthcare has incited some of those in positions of expertise or power to work at making healthcare more affordable and accessible within the system we live in. Stay optimistic and keep looking up — those fighting for you have accomplished some good things already that you can take advantage of right now, and they’re not giving up any time soon.

Alternatives to Mental Health Insurance

Health insurance sometimes includes mental health options, but due to fine-print loopholes, it’s no surprise that insurance companies will often find ways not to help you if it costs them too much. For this reason you need to know about other sources of mental health help. County services, medicare, veteran benefits, and school-based services (should they apply to you) may all be options for you depending on your circumstances.

Fighters for Mental Health Care

Right now, new technology and efforts by general health professionals are bringing attention and treatment to mental health. Doctors of Nursing Practices (DNPs) have been specifically involved in treating and fighting for at-risk populations, who often experience mental health issues with little consideration from the outside world.

Additionally, up-and-coming medical professionals are being trained in the ways of emotional intelligence and mental health more due to hospitals’ own lack of mental health resources. Arizona State University Professor Colleen Clemency Cordes, director of her school’s Doctor of Behavior Health Program, stated “there is such a large need in our medical system to address the behavioral issues that contribute greatly to chronic health conditions.” Cordes studied as a psychologist and found herself working closely with medical doctors, and due to this experience, she fights hard for mental and behavioral health for hospital patients and those with chronic illnesses.

More Accessibility of Mental Health Care

As our society has increasingly discovered the role of our surroundings in our mental health, professionals have looked for ways to therefore bring mental health to people’s surroundings. Meaning, where you live and work greatly affects your condition. So we’re discovering more ways to positively affect mental health in our day-to-day lives without having patients leave their comfort zones to see doctors or professionals.

Information about mental health is accessible on the internet easily, but we’ve gone beyond that with telemedicine and telephone counseling. These are two techniques that use technology to bring people professional help when they can’t physically seek it themselves. Community groups sometimes work with art, dance, and music therapy. We’re also discovering that there is a correlation between physical health and mental health, so doing things that relax you or strengthen you physically can help someone think more clearly and objectively.

Your concerns about your mental health are completely valid, but if you can, try to use what you have to help yourself and find some hope in those fighting for you. Is there something that’s been great for your mental health that you want to share with other people we didn’t list here? We’d love to hear it. Drop us a line in the comments below!


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