May is Mental Health Month. It serves as a reminder to take time to check in with ourselves and our loved ones. Simply starting conversations about mental health can help build a healthier future.
In 2019, of adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. In 2023, this number jumped to . Nearly American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. Over in the United States are experiencing severe major depression — and of these youth do not receive mental health treatment.
We are faced with an increased number of people struggling with mental health challenges, and more than live in federally designated mental health professional shortage areas. As the number of individuals struggling with mental health challenges increase, the number of healthcare professionals available decreases.
It is projected that through 2024 there will be a shortage of between psychiatrists. In the United States, it is estimated that there is only . That number may even be an overestimate as it can include providers who are no longer practicing or accepting new patients.
More than of psychiatrists are 55 or older. The mental health shortage is largely due to population growth combined with increased retirement rates of healthcare providers. A few ways to help fill the gap include leveraging telemedicine, increasing the number of psychiatrists in training, educating primary care providers, and leveraging for communities in need of care.
. In February 2023, the Health Resources and Services Administration issued the to recruit and retain licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines in eligible communities of need.
This year, (MHA) encourages us to look around and look within. The purpose is to challenge ourselves to better understand our nation’s and communities’ mental well-being, as well as our own. Improving your whole health can improve your overall wellness.
Organizations and individuals are working towards addressing and lessening stigmas associated with mental health challenges. To help contribute to lessening stigma, empower yourself with facts and research. Be sure to read about the , as well as explore resources for and .
This Mental Health Month, make a commitment to practice self-care. This means taking breaks, going for walks, getting adequate rest, eating healthy, and doing something you love.
Green represents the color of mental health awareness. Over 100 landmarks across the nation are lit in green to encourage learning about mental well-being. Join in and see who is lighting up green for mental health month
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available:
- Call or text 988 or chat at .
- To learn how to get support for mental health and substance use conditions, visit or call or call 800-662-HELP (4357).
Remember that there is always help and hope available to you and your loved ones. You are never alone.
There is so much to learn and celebrate during Mental Health Month. Be sure to remember to recognize those around you who provide mental health care to patients! Their work improves individual lives and communities. Share your admiration via social media or send a note to a colleague telling them that you appreciate their work.
If you are interested in locum tenens psychiatry jobs, view our current psychiatry openings here.