Are Mental Health Issues Increasing?

By | November 2, 2018

The question is asked frequently, “why are mental health issues on the rise, when our life is easier compared to a few decades ago? “

With the development of technology, our lives are so much easier compared to say 20 years ago, however mental health issues are drastically increasing.

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Adult Mental Health Issues.

A recent study by NYU Langone Medical Center reported that psychological distress also known as SPD found 3.4% of Americans from the 8.3 million analyzed had SPD.

Yes another research paper undertaken by the National Survey On Drug Use And Mental Health discovered that 19% of the population experienced some kind of mental health illness, this is an increase from 17.1% a couple of years ago.

Juvenile Mental Health Issues.

National Institute Of Mental Health in 2010’s study discovered that 1 in 5 juveniles suffered by at least one mental health disorder. The results of mental health issues is even higher than the most common major physical disorders in adolescents, the study alto took into consideration diabetes and asthma.

Another study by CASUSS learned that college students who seriously thought about suicide had increased 3.5% from 2013 and stands at 13% of students interviewed.

Suicidal Thoughts In Adolescents.

In May 2017 the Pediatric Academic Societies presented a study that learned the number of adolescents attending pediatric hospitals for thoughts of self-harm or suicide have doubled in the past 10 years, which is a concerning issue.

Sadly, there are other supporting reports that show the same trend, which is a dramatic increase in mental health issues and self-harm, particularly in adolescents.

What Has Cause Of This Dramatic Rise?

There are several elements that contribute to this concerning rising trend, for example:

  • Increased peer pressure
  • Rising use of online media – not having the perfect online image
  • Rise in violent television programs and games
  • Rise in graphic adolescent media
  • Online media pressure
  • Failure of the family home
  • Gender and sexual orientation confusion
    And many, many more…

What Positive Measures Can Be Taken?

There are many psychiatric hospitals across the USA, Canada, Australia and the rest of the world; they all are designed to provide a safe haven for the patients during their treatment of mental health issues. These specialist facilities have fully trained staff in the facility as well as support staff for when the patient is an outpatient.

The design of these facilities have to pass the Joint Commission assessment to ensure all the patient rooms prevent self-harm, with Medicare enabling anyone with mental health issues to receive treatment.

ProEnc work with many hospitals that address mental health issues and ProEnc’s products are specified by leading architects on new builds, refurbishments and extensions of existing facilities.