Mental Health is in a state of emergency, worldwide and involves all age groups. In 2016, the most recent data available, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times greater than for Americans who never served in the military.
About 20 veterans a day across the country take their own lives, and veterans accounted for 14 percent of all adult suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016, even though only 8 percent of the country’s population has served in the military.
In 2017, there was a staggering 50% increase in female suicide; 8.5 million American adults suffered from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders; 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years. Anxiety and depression are reaching epidemic proportions.
Mental health/Emotional Well Being needs to become a top priority which is focused on daily.
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About mental health funding
In 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) received a significant increase in their funding to provide more grants for mental health services.
These programs will help provide early intervention in the treatment of mental illnesses as well as provide more funding for research, housing, jail diversion, and reentry programs.
These grants give money to states to implement these programs and show the level of federal support for individuals living with mental illness.
While many advocacy organizations celebrated the victory, there is still a lot of work to be done helping those with mental illnesses in the United States.
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