Mental Wellness

Discussions of healthcare policy seem to focus on those with the most dire of physical health conditions. These individuals must be protected immediately, but if we’ve learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that there is another under-reported yet equally serious epidemic in society, particularly amongst our youth: declining mental health.

A variety of factors including unrelenting pressure to conform to society’s definition of educational and financial success, beauty, relationships, and sexuality, as well as the continued experience of being underserved and underinsured, have led to alarming rates of suicide and self-harm, especially in veterans, LGBTQ+ youth, the unhoused, and the elderly.

Corrective measures are urgently needed, and these include:

  • Investment in mental wellness and community support services
  • Expansion of healthcare coverage for clinical and medical intervention
  • Foster deeper understanding of behavioral de-escalation techniques among first responders
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