Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States and many national organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health America and other affiliates spotlight Mental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with those who seek therapy.
Some Key Stats:
◊ Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition.
◊ One in 5 people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.
◊ Estimates suggest only half of people with mental illness receive treatment.
◊ Rate of youth experiencing a mental health condition continues to rise.
◊ The Affordable Care Act has led to more Americans accessing health insurance permitting them to seek therapy.
◊ Mental Health workforce shortages remain. In states that have fewer mental health professionals, there was almost 4 times the number of individuals who needed counseling than providers available.
◊ Suicide is among the leading causes of death.
It is encouraging to note that many school districts across the country have implemented educational tools to help students realize that they may be suffering from a mental health affliction and pathways to getting counseling.
It is truly my pleasure to provide support to my providers who, in turn, support thousands of patients in need of mental health therapy. I very much welcome the opportunity to speak with your patients when they call our office and have a question regarding their insurance or billing.
Mona Ruback/Associated Billing Center, LLC mentalhealthbillers.com
Disclaimer: Please note: The editorial content of this page is in no way intended to be professional advice. It should be considered informational and a venue for entertainment purposes. Read and utilize at your own discretion. Content may not be published without the expressed consent of Associated Billing Center, LLC .