Identifying warning signs of suicide

Identifying warning signs of suicide

According to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, a person attempts to take his life, or commits suicide, in some part of the world. Suicide is the second leading cause of death, globally, occurring among the age group of 15-29 years, according to the WHO. On an average, about 112 people in America die from suicide each day. Thus, there has been an unprecedented increase in the suicide rate over the past several years. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 4: Impact of state regulations

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 4: Impact of state regulations

Mental health services have been an important component of medical care in the United States. The availability, costs and coverage of mental health services depend on various policy discussions and regulations. All the states across the U.S. have some type of law related to mental health services. The state laws can be divided into three categories: Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 3: Impact of state budget on treating mental illnesses

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 3: Impact of state budget on treating mental illnesses

Lately, Americans have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the existing mental health system in the nation and have been demanding an increase in investments in mental health services to assist those suffering from such problems. Though some states have responded by increasing the funding for mental health services, other states have gone a step back by cutting mental health funding. As per a research, cut mental health services leads to excessive spending on homelessness, criminal justice and crisis services. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 2: Overcrowding ERs affecting psychiatric patients’ treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 2: Overcrowding ERs affecting psychiatric patients’ treatment

Lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States is posing hurdles in the treatment of mental disorders. Studies over the past decade have shown that emergency room (ER) overcrowding has resulted in higher mortality rate of patients in the ER, in higher costs of medical treatment and in higher stress levels for medical professionals. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Shortage of psychiatric beds in state mental facilities across the nation is negatively affecting the treatment of people with severe mental illness. This is forcing people suffering from mental illness to get lodged in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for their treatment. As per experts, the practice of shifting patients with severe mental illness to other wards makes the patients receive little or no mental health service. Read more