Mental Health therapists deserve the public’s gratitude. You have chosen a profession that can uniquely alter the course of an individual life. Therapists can provide a person with a pathway, a GPS if you will, toward a more contentment filled and productive life. It is difficult to imagine another profession that can have such a dramatic affect. Thanks for being there for all of us.
√ One in five adults suffers from some form of a mental health condition; that’s about 20 percent of the population.
√ 20 percent of children have, at some point, a debilitating mental health condition according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
√ More and more teens say they are suffering from serious depression and not in therapy.
√ More adults are able to access mental health therapy in states that have expanded Medicaid as long as there are therapists available to see them.
√ More than 90 million Americans live in federally designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas. The National Council for Behavioral Health reports that 77 percent of counties across the country have severe shortages of mental health professionals.
√ NPR reports that each year one of every four substance abuse counselors resigns. There has been a shortage of addiction counselors for decades while the demand for such services is increasing.
√ Millions of Americans face mental illness.
Source: Gary R’nel
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