As a parent, you’ve probably been thinking about how your child might experience a mental health episode.
Or, as a teacher, you might have to explain to your students why their behavior isn’t normal.
For many of us, the problem isn’t our children, but rather, our parents, our employers, and our culture.
But what if your children are suffering from mental illness and your employer doesn’t provide health insurance?
Is it really worth it to put yourself through this kind of pain?
It’s a question that has become a hotly debated topic in the United States and worldwide, and it’s an issue that’s been addressed by numerous experts.
A new report from the American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that roughly 1 in 20 adults suffer from a mental illness, with some mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or post-coital anxiety disorder.
In other words, there are over 7 million adults and children in the US and almost 100 million people living with mental illness.
But many of these people have experienced significant negative outcomes because of the lack of coverage and services they’ve received.
The APA report found that for every $1 in annual health insurance premiums, one person will be denied access to mental health services.
Even for people who do qualify for mental health insurance, the number of people who are not receiving it is staggering.
According to the report, “Medicaid coverage for mental illness is only a third of what it was at the end of 2015, and coverage is only 40 percent of what was at it a decade ago.”
This means that over a billion Americans are now paying out of pocket for their mental health care.
It’s not just the people who have been denied insurance who are suffering.
According the APA, one in four children with a mental disorder, and one in five adults, is living in poverty.
For children with severe mental illnesses, it’s even worse: “Nearly half of children and teens with a diagnosed mental disorder live in poverty, and nearly two-thirds of adults living with a diagnosis are living in that condition,” the report said.
The lack of care for these people, who are often at the greatest risk of mental illness themselves, is a direct result of a dysfunctional medical system.
“The mental health system is so broken,” said Jennifer E. Miller, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and author of The Biggest Lie: Why Our Broken Mental Health System Is Broken and What We Can Do About It.
“We have this system that was designed for a much smaller population of people.
The vast majority of people with mental health problems don’t have the same opportunities as those who do have mental health disorders.”
A major reason that mental illness can be so devastating is that it’s often accompanied by a wide array of other problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
For example, depression can affect people of all ages, while anxiety can affect everyone from children to adults.
And if these mental health issues aren’t treated properly, they can lead to a whole host of other negative outcomes.
For instance, a lack of mental health coverage can leave patients feeling anxious and helpless, which can lead them to self-harm.
It can also lead to them seeking treatment in the first place, which is another way to create a cycle of anxiety and depression that could lead to an illness later on.
And when a person does go into treatment, the quality of the care they receive can be poor.
“It can be really challenging to get someone into treatment if they have no insurance,” said Miller.
“There are no guarantees of care or of treatment.
And it’s hard to predict the long-term outcomes.”
While many states have made it easier for people to access mental health treatment, there’s still a long way to go.
“For many of the people we’re talking about, their primary care providers aren’t doing it,” Miller said.
“Some people have to go to specialists, which are often expensive, because they don’t get any other care.
We have no funding for mental healthcare, and the system is broken.”
In some states, people can even face fines if they don, in fact, receive treatment.
The state of New York recently passed a bill that makes it easier to take away mental health benefits for people that refuse treatment.
In a statement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We’ve made a concerted effort to get people to seek help.
In the meantime, we are working to make sure that New Yorkers can access mental healthcare without fear of jail time.”
The state also created a pilot program that requires mental health professionals to be trained and certified to provide mental health help to patients.
In states like New York, it is important to understand the issues that can occur when people aren’t being given the mental health they need