(Source: https://www.usnews.com ) Measuring mental health and getting the right support are key to better health and well-being. Both can be done digitally.
By Ken Cahill|Nov. 11, 2021, at 12:23 p.m.
It's no secret that the pandemic exacerbated the need for mental health resources for many of us. Simultaneously, there is a shortage of mental health professionals able to meet true patient demand. In fact, an American Psychological Association analysis estimates that for everyone who needs support to have it, we'd need to add 20,220 more psychologists by 2030, above the baseline estimated need of 101,120 – and those estimates were published in 2018.
We simply don't have enough people to help all the people who need help. And addressing these needs is not a one-size-fits-all approach: A full 55% of employees in the U.S. workforce are languishing somewhere on the spectrum of needing some level of mental health support, according to SilverCloud Health's 2021 Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing Checkup.
With that in mind, I'd like to share some of the basics about mental health support, as well as how best to begin to take the right steps toward ensuring healthier and happier communities despite the shortage we face in mental health professionals.
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