MENTAL HEALTH IS A LUXURY.
Here's the deal. Poor mental health affects you, and it affects me. It affects everyone.
One person's mental health affects the whole community.
1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year. This means that one out of every five people you know is struggling with their mental health.
27% of adults with frequent mental distress reported not knowing where they could go to get mental health services. This means that nearly 1 in 4 adults who are struggling with their mental health do not know where to turn for help.
36% of adults in Georgia with frequent mental distress reported not being able to afford a doctor’s visit in the past year. This means that nearly 4 in 10 adults in Georgia who are struggling with their mental health do not have the financial resources to seek treatment.
It's not just adults, and it's not just the uninsured.
Nationwide, 1 in 10 youth (1.2 million total) with private insurance do not have coverage for mental or emotional difficulties. Only about 30% of youth with a mental health disorder receive treatment.
Only about 60% of people with private insurance have mental health coverage. The average annual deductible for mental health care is $2,500. The average annual out-of-pocket cost for mental health care is $5,000.
When one person struggles with their mental health, it can have a negative impact on their ability to work, on their relationships, and their overall quality of life. This has ripple effects on families, the community, and the local economy. In other words, it affects you. It affects us all.
Is it someone you know?
Be there for them. Let them know that you care about them and that you are there for them. Listen to them without judgment and offer your support.
Help them take care of themselves. This may include encouraging them to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. It may also include helping them to find healthy coping mechanisms for stress.
Encourage them to seek professional help.
If they are not already in therapy, encourage them to seek professional help. Let them know that you will support them through the process. Help them find counseling by reaching out to one of our community partners.
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