A Kaiser Family Foundation/Economist three-country survey recently found that one in five Americans report always or often feeling lonely or socially isolated. These feelings are accompanied frequently with physical and financial consequences. An interesting finding in the report is that those who say they are feeling lonely or socially isolated are divided concerning the impact of social media. Among the survey findings:
› Americans who are single, divorced, widowed or separated are more than twice as likely to report feeling lonely or socially isolated.
› Interesting note: Reports of feeling lonely or socially isolated are similar in the United States and England compared to nine percent in Japan.
› 22 percent of Americans say they always or often feel isolated or lonely or that they lack tangible companionship.
› 31 percent say they have had thoughts about harming themselves. Our Note: When digesting these statistics we realize how important it is for our lawmakers to advocate for always expanding mental health insurance coverage. 43-million Americans suffer from a mental health condition. 56 percent of adults did not receive treatment.
Our Note: It is imperative that our Congressional representatives continue to lobby for expanded mental health coverage. Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition. Since the release of the first State of Mental Health in America report (2015), there has only been a slight decrease in the number of adults who have a mental health condition (from 18.19% to 18.07%)
Source: Gary R’nel
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