Mental Illnesses Are Becoming More And More Prevalent Among The United States

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Mental illnesses are becoming more and more prevalent among the population in the United States. In 2014, 1 in 5 adults were diagnosed with any mental illness (AMI) as evidence by statistics presented by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA, 2015); of those 1 in 5 adults, 18 years and older in the United States, accounts for 18.1% of the population, or 43.6 million people diagnosed with depression and/ or anxiety (Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE, 2005). From changes in mood, to changes in thoughts and behaviors, mental illnesses are sought to be higher in adults ages 18-25 (SAMHSA, 2015).
The target population for this program proposal will be those who fall in to this specific age range (18-24). The
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In order to decrease numbers of those being diagnosed with a mental illness and reducing the number of relapsed patients entering hospitalizations or partaking in substance- use to self- medicate, this course teaches evidence based coping mechanisms.
Theoretical Framework
Applying the Health Belief Model (HBM) for this program is the most beneficial framework because it gives students the facts of how students actually perceive themselves when it comes to mental illnesses. Students will have the opportunity to learn and actively practice the life skills they are taught while receiving ample amount of resources. Four of the primary constructs in the health belief model can be depicted by engagement of students in the course. The constructs being evaluated are: Perceived Susceptibility, Perceived Severity, Perceived Benefits, and Perceived Barriers (Coreil, J., 2010). The cues of action and self- efficacy are the additional concepts intertwine with the aforementioned constructs (Coreil, J., 2010). Inevitably, having a required course for students to complete prior to attending college, will better prepare them for life’s stressful moments.
Being able to determine the perceived susceptibility and
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