Let’s put the spotlight on mental health workforce, and their recognition will help turn awareness into action with mindfulness.
Disconcerting data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health suggests that despite the substantial increase in suicidality in adults in the U.S. since 2008, receiving mental health services did not match that concerning increase.
We were sadly unsurprised to discover the common reasons (e.g. time-constraints and transportation issues to name a few). The other largest deterrent to mental health care was that people were unsure of where to go to find treatment. Shedding light on what mental healthcare services are (and are not), then, seems to be a key opportunity to combat the rising rates of suicide in the U.S.
Mindful believes that everyone benefits from a best-fit therapist. Once therapy becomes a social norm, barriers like time-constraints and transportation issues are no longer issues.
What better way to promote mental health services than a supported and identifiable mental health workforce?
People steer clear of what they don’t understand. As clinicians become successful business owners, public speakers, and educational resources for their local communities. Awareness promotes action.
Integrating mental health into everyday life means highlighting interesting articles in our blogs, stoking responsible discussions on social media, and promoting Simply Psych’s monthly office hours on Vimeo that allow our clinicians to speak directly to psychologically-minded people.
Mental Health Office Hours is a one-hour FREE live webinar where licensed mental health professionals share questions and topics “edutain” viewers about mental health. This conversation connects trusted sources to the interested public. Invite a friend and sign up.
Building better access to quality mental healthcare starts with building better infrastructure for the mental health workforce. Therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists work hard to help their clients and patients feel better. At Mindful, we strive to do just that. Connect with us at www.findmindful.com to learn more!