How we can overcome mental health hurdles with patient engagement tools
This May, mental health organizations and nonprofits across the country will wage campaigns to destigmatize mental health issues as part of Mental Health Awareness month.
Mental health conditions are easily the most misunderstood sector of the medical profession, despite the fact that 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Further, nearly every citizen will be affected by such a condition through a friend, family member or coworker.
What’s truly disheartening about these statistics is that approximately 60 percent of adults with mental health illness did not receive treatment in the previous year. Maybe that number would decrease if it were easier to track symptoms and treat them outside facility walls.
It is estimated that the United States spends $113 billion on mental health treatment annually. The emphasis needs to be on treating the greatest number of patients while using that annual expenditure wisely.
That is where patient engagement comes in. When patients are viewed as partners in their care, they have a stake in improved outcomes. However, the obstacles in recognizing and addressing mental health issues are many.