Guest - Farhan Ahmad
Topic - Good Mental Health Equals A Happy Marriage
Streamed live on May 31, 2023
Guest - Dr. Omar Shareef
Topic - Talking to Loved Ones About Mental Health & Substance Use
Streamed live on May 24, 2023
Guest - Menahal Begawala
Topic - How to Speak with your Teens about Depression and Anxiety
Streamed live on May 17, 2023
Current Statistical Information on mental health in United States-
In 2019-2020, 20.78% of adults were experiencing a mental illness. That is equivalent to over 50 million Americans.
The vast majority of individuals with a substance use disorder in the U.S. are not receiving treatment. 15.35%of adults had a substance use disorder in the past year. Of them, 93.5% did not receive any form of treatment.
Millions of adults in the U.S. experience serious thoughts of suicide, with the highest rate among multiracial individuals. The percentage of adults reporting serious thoughts of suicide is 4.84%, totaling over 12.1 million individuals. 11% of adults who identified with two or more races reported serious thoughts of suicide in 2020 – 6% higher than the average among all adults.
Over 1 in 10 youth in the U.S. are experiencing depression that is severely impairing their ability to function at school or work, at home, with family, or in their social life. 16.39% of youth(age 12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode (MDE)in the past year. 11.5% of youth (over 2.7 million youth) are experiencing severe major depression.
Over half (54.7%) of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, totaling over 28 million individuals. Almost a third (28.2%) of all adults with a mental illness reported that they were not able to receive the treatment they needed. 42% of adults with AMI reported they were unable to receive necessary care because they could not afford it.
10.8% (over 5.5 million) of adults with a mental illness are uninsured. Hispanic adults with AMI were least likely to have health insurance, with 19% reporting they were not covered by insurance.
6.34% of youth in the U.S. reported a substance use disorder in the past year. That is equivalent to over 1.5 million youth in the U.S. who meet the criteria for an illicit drug or alcohol use disorder.
22.87%of adults who report experiencing 14 or more mentally unhealthy days each monthwere not able to see a doctor due to costs.
59.8% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment. Asian youth with major depression were least likely to receive specialty mental health care, with 78% reporting they did not receive mental health services in the past year. Nationally, only 28% of youth with severe depression receive some consistent treatment (7-25+ visits in a year). Most (57.3%) youth with severe depression do not receive any care.
Nationally, 1 in 10 youth who are covered under private insurance do not have coverage for mental or emotional difficulties – totaling over 1.2 million youth. In Arkansas (ranked 51),nearly one-quarter of youth with private insurance do not have coverage for mental health care.
Only .718 percent of students are identified with emotional disturbance for an individualized education program (IEP). IEPs, with sufficient resources for schools and teachers, are critical for ensuring that youth with disabilities can receive the individualized services, supports, and accommodations to succeed in a school setting.
In the U.S., there are an estimated 350 individuals for everyone mental health provider. However, these figures may actually be an overestimate of active mental health professionals, as it may include providers who are no longer practicing or accepting new patients.
Children ofAdam is planning to provide free supportive mental health services to our community in addition to the current community services and activities. Children of Adam is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness.
Our plan is to provide weekly supportive and educational groups with a focus on mental health and mental wellness. Our groups will be led by a licensed mental health professional. Our plan is to develop a mental health program geared towards serving the community.
Children of Adam understands that mental health issues may need to be addressed with a unique lens when working with individuals and families with diverse values, and beliefs, in addition to backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, religion, and language. That's why we plan to put together supportive and education groups that will address the current challenges of our community.
We plan to start and implement this new program in March and hope to expand our services based on the community needs.
Here are a list of proposed groups that will be offered:
“Depression looks like me.”
“How to speak with your teen about depression and anxiety”.
“My child is suicidal, and I don’t know how to help”
“How to deal with bulling at school.”
“Social Media use and my teens mental health”
“Reducing the risk of suicide.”
“Talking to loved ones about mental health and substance use”
“Integrating faith and spirituality into mental wellness.”