In the field of mental health, professionals must be constantly looking for ways to help their patients. (Cozby & Bates 2012). When dealing with research, it allows us to explore valuable information that has been
Problem Statement: The World Health Association defines ‘good’ health as: “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” However, in the United States, access to care and funding for mental health care are grossly neglected and underfunded in comparison to other aspects of health care.
The piece of this health reform act related to mental health stipulates that there be state laws mandating or regulating mental health benefits ("NCSL," 2012). This author has found no literature that indicates the effectiveness of the PPACA. Perhaps it is too early to determine the success or failure of the PPACA.
Before the sandy hook shooting, there were many cases where mental illness was tied with the cause of horrible events. In no way am I saying that those who are mentally disordered are bad people, but rather the opposite. They are individuals who need extra help in certain areas of functioning, and frankly, there wasn’t much of an effort in providing the help they needed. However, the sandy hook shooting acted as a catalyst in getting people to actually do something about it and provide care to those who need it. This provided care has been a blessing to individuals I know personally who have needed extra help, as well as their families. About a few weeks before the new town shooting, my best friend’s older brother was beginning to become mentally unstable and started becoming violent, which was highly unlike him. They went to get him examined by doctors but the doctors refused to examine him. After the shooting, the doctors examined him and found that he had a form of autism that was causing his aggression and made a steadfast effort to get him treatment. Sandy Hook helped lead to a wider range of treatment for mentally ill individuals that has been a blessing to
Due to the State of California cutting back on spending towards people with mental illnesses it affected a lot of people. Some of the people with a mental illness could no longer cover the costs to care for themselves and ended up becoming homeless because of it. Mental health is a serious concern in communities that needs to get resolved or worked on rather than cutting back funding for this issue. In California alone “more than 2 million children, adults, and seniors are affected by potentially disabling mental illnesses every year in California” (mhsoac.ca.gov). There should be adequate funding to make sure that people diagnosed with a mental illness and can
The main complication is that America’s corrupted mental health system is a liability to the safety of regular American citizens because mentally ill people do not get the proper help they need and are easily able to gain access to guns. A majority of people with mental illness show signs of having a mental illness and are often not given a proper diagnosis or any diagnosis at all. Only one-third of the people with mental illness who have committed mass shootings in the U.S. since 1900 had sought or received mental health care prior to their attacks. This information suggests that most shooters do not seek or receive care that they need (Duwe 1). If a person with a mental illness is left untreated they could end up hurting themselves or others. Sandy hook mass shooter Adam Lanza presented clear signs of schizophrenia but was not issued the proper care he needed. (Turndoff 5). Another instance where the mental health system has failed is in a case where an individual with mental illness may be diagnosed, but their case is not taken seriously and left untreated. For instance, the notorious Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof was diagnosed with a host of multiple disorders by a
Due to the politics underlying both, gun control and mental-health legislation, this recent shift came with a lack of simplicity. Being careful not to ignite inaccurate stigmas about mental illnesses; advocacy groups and congressional Democrats remained reluctant not to connect escalating gun violence with people suffering from mental health disorders as the leading cause of these recent shootings. Deep disagreements on Capitol Hill, along with great demands from family members of individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness would not come cheap. Also, it would only become another obstacle standing in the way of accomplishing the goal of bringing change to the mental health system (Sun,
The provision of mental health services in the U.S. is a social justice issue that affects vulnerable populations in a variety of ways, including: limited access to quality mental health programs, especially in rural areas; the stigma associated with seeking mental health help; and discrimination against those with mental health issues. The far-reaching implications on our current system and policies of mental health care mean that it is a pervasive issue in the United States. According to the Scientific American, “Mental health care is one of the biggest
Mental health affects many public policy areas, such as a passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA), which aims to increase the drug coverage for seniors. Continued expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is by increasing the public insurance coverage for children.
With mental illness identified as a very probable cause of these shootings, it is critical that the evidently poor and ineffective clinical help for mental disorders be reevaluated. A theoretical explanation for the modern prevalence of mental illness could be the increasingly optional nature of treatment: therapy is a choice, and checking into a facility or institution is
Mental Health has been recognized, as the well-being at which individuals are able to cope with everyday stresses, and work productively while contributing back to their community. Mental Health America began in the early 1900’s by Clifford W. Beers, a former psychiatric patient who experienced mental/physical abuse during his stay in public and private institutions. It wasn’t until short after a reform group emerged, to stand against the abuse and ill-treatment at these institutions. In this paper, I will be discussing the history/background of Mental Health Services, and how quality, access, cost or other factors have changed (or how they haven’t). I also will be discussing the populations that benefit from this type of service and the significant issues, and or problems within the area that impact specific populations. Lastly, I will interpret national policy, legislation, attitudes, political climate, and how they impact or relate to the problems discussed, then I will address two current issues discussed along with clarifying each discussion.
The Washington Posts response to the Suprem Court rulling is effective. It provides the audince with the information of the case, baground and history of same sex marrige rights in the U.S. in years leading up to the decission. The Washington post also provides some information about resistence held in some southern states, mostly Louisiana. The intendeded audence, the American people, was reached becuse the story was published in an American mainstream newspaper
Especially since there has been a lot of controversy on whether marijuana should be legalized in all states of the country, I think this article would be interesting to read to know what are the harms of marijuana use. The autism article really grabbed my attention while searching through the CNN website because I never thought of gender having an impact on a person having autism. I usually thought that autism could happen to anyone or that it runs in genetics, but reading this article offered a whole different perspective on the mental
The article A Peaceful Women Explains Why she carries a Gun, was excellent. The struggles an everyday women goes through can become a huge deal that most females do not think about until they are stuck in the middle. Hasselstrom was very successful in making her argument, she gave detailed explanations, while also providing information for other females.
The headlines are dramatic and communities are stunned as it reads “Shooter kills 23 children at a school near you.” The first thought that rushes to the head is “this is crazy.” Or, that individual must be out of his or her mind. Upon further investigation, it is determined that the shooter has had a long record of mental illness. This situation could have been avoided, if that individual had the covered healthcare. As a result, random shootings would be curtailed. In retrospect, this care could have been provided for by families and caregivers, if