Unmet Needs of the Mentally Ill Population

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Unmet Needs of the Mentally Ill Population HSM/210 September 23, 2012 Unmet Needs of the Mentally Ill Population Mental illness in a year’s time invades about 5 to 7 percent of the adult population and 5 to 9 percent of the children population. This means millions of adults and children are disabled by mental illness every year. (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012) Given this information, how is the public reacting toward the mentally ill population? How is health care taking care of this population? And why is the mentally ill population falling through the cracks with the current mental health service delivery system? With research there are answers, however some may take much need time and money to get…show more content…
To make this a successful, transforming the mental health services delivery system rest on two principles. First, services and treatments must be consumer and family centered by giving real meaningful choices about treatment, care must focus on increasing consumer’s abilities to successful cope with life’s challenges, facilitating recovery, and build resilience. (National Alliance On Mental Illness, 2012) “The six goals set out for transforming mental healthcare in America are, Americans understand that mental health is essential to overall health, mental healthcare is consumer and family driven, disparities in mental health services are eliminated, early mental health intervention screening, assessments and referrals to services are common practice, excellent mental healthcare is delivered and research is accelerated, and finally, technology is used to access mental health care on information.” According to National Alliance On Mental Illness (2012), (p. 5). What needs to be done to meet the unmet needs, is “transforming mental health care to technology, investing in the infrastructure, by supporting the technologies and integrates into the system of care.” According to National Alliance On Mental Illness (2012), (p. 5). The conclusion, stigma, which involves what the public thinks, and how the mental health care treats the
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