Suggestions on even one step to improve the mental health system which is slowly

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (9 posts)
  1. brakel2 profile image78
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Suggestions on even one step to improve the mental health system which is slowly deteriorating?

    Every day we see folks who act out or have needs, and the community keeps asking what we can do too prevent these issues. Money is provided for all sorts of physical illnesses, but mental health often gets left behind.

  2. connorj profile image79
    connorjposted 3 years ago

    Speaking solely for this crisis in the United States. I think we need to provide mental health insurance in some way similar and as comprehensive as medical insurance that is offered by companies and government entities. There is little mental health care because most of the individuals who require this have no insurance that covers mental health. Medical health plans primarily offer little coverage. The irony hits home with me by stating that animals, well dogs and cats can receive better mental health care!

    1. brakel2 profile image78
      brakel2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I want to be a dog or cat. Seriously, my Medicare Advantage Health Care plan covers me, but not the 2.7 million others. Thanks for response.

    2. connorj profile image79
      connorjposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome; I am a psychologist and am privy to this rather covert problem. In a bunch of situations, police and some others don't bother Baker Acting when it would be significantly beneficial to all...

  3. Levi Legion profile image60
    Levi Legionposted 3 years ago

    What evidence do you have for the claim that "the mental health system is slowly deteriorating?"

    1. brakel2 profile image78
      brakel2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is very difficult to get help unless you could harm yourself or others. Millions of people do not have mental health insurance. An increasing number of adult mentally ill persons are killing others, often family members. It is a tragedy.

    2. Levi Legion profile image60
      Levi Legionposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm, I'm sure I buy the idea that "an increasing number of adult mentally ill persons are killing others." Don't mean to be a pain, but some documentation would definitely help.

  4. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 3 years ago

    Average wait to get into the mental health clinic in my area is 3 months unless you say you are suicidal. The first thing we could do is reduce that time.
    Secondly we have to stop ignoring mental illnesses. Everyone seems to support it until a mentally ill person goes off the deep end and kills someone then it's "who cares if he had a mental illness. Hand him!" We can't pick and choose when mental illnesses are serious. We have schizophrenics in prison? Why? Because Americans refuse to understand what serious mental illnesses can do to someone, and they refuse to acknowledge that prison is not the place for someone like that. We need more mental health hospitals. Sadly there is no money, it's easier to throw people in for profit prisons than build hospitals.

  5. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Sadly, there is suspicion regarding mental illness.  It is thought in our culture and society that one had better go by it or to exhibit strength. Mental illness is oftentimes dismissed in this culture and society as totally fantastical.  It is thought that all one needs to do is to stop whining, man/woman up and get the act together.  Or better yet, all one needs to do to get "in order" is a "swift slap or kick in the pants".  Mental illness is not considered to be a legitimate concern in our culture and society, it is considered a sign of weakness, even immaturity.

    Sadly, our culture and society have not been very successful in dealing with the issue of mental illness.  Sure, they medicate and sedate but the crux of the mental illness is never addressed nor faced.  Mental illness is something to be smoothed over, even silenced but not to face and remedy for that would be too ugly, gritty, and .....yes, dirty.   Instead of psychiatrists and psychologists who either cursorily address the issue or use medications for the answers, let's suggest a more humane, spiritual, and/or holistic approach.  Clergy and other nondenominational/interfaith spiritual counselors are highly educated these days and they can use their education in alignment with their spiritual teachings to reach out and speak to those w/mental illness to get to the root of the mental illness.  Perhaps these clergy whether ministers, priests, rabbis, and/or other spiritual counselors/specialists can reach and help the mental ill(except the extreme/violent mentally ill) in ways that psychologists, and especially psychiatrists have not and  perhaps, never will.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)