In recent years, mental health services have been on the rise in the US. This increase is attributed to several factors. There are several contributing factors from the large increase in population to the greater availability of mental health professionals and their increased ability to reach across the many demographic differences. But, if we look beyond the surface, we can see how the increase in mental health services has affected our lives and society.
Addressing Mental Health Issues
The first obvious answer to why mental health services are growing is that the public now recognizes the importance of addressing mental health issues. However, the question is complicated. On the one hand, the lingering stigma associated with mental health can prevent many people from seeking treatment (a phenomenon that mental health awareness campaigns such as Mental Health Awareness Month strive to address). However, on the other hand, the fact that the US healthcare system still has yet to adequately treat mental health as thoroughly as it does physical health makes the issue more complex.
For example, many people who have mental illness feel ashamed of the symptoms and often resort to self-medication. This self-medication often includes the use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, and by taking these drugs for extended periods, sufferers can worsen their symptoms.
However, to address both the stigma and the lack of attention given to mental health, several states have implemented mental health services into schools. This is a promising start, but as with many of the general population’s issues, the issue of stigma still lingers.
Schools And Colleges Offering Private Mental Health Services
It is important to note that there are now many schools, colleges, and universities that offer various mental health services. These schools are beginning to make a difference in the mental well-being of their students and their overall success rate.
Mental health services have helped many students and young adults in many ways. For one thing, many find it easier to handle school work when provided with mental health services. This, in turn, helps them to have more positive results in school. Students who can focus better and achieve more have proven that their mental illnesses can be treated. It is possible to get through tough situations without resorting to medication.
However, mental health services are not always available in every school or college, and there are still schools that fail to implement mental health services. The reason why is partly financial. Since the federal government often covers mental health services costs, it cannot be easy to fund them in most schools. Even if they are funded in some schools, other school districts do not have adequate funds to provide this type of treatment.
Also, the stigma associated with mental illness can prevent many children and teenagers from getting the necessary mental support. Many schools fear the social stigma that mental illnesses carry and refuse to provide such assistance to young people with mental disorders. It can be challenging to find mental health services in a high school since some schools do not welcome this type of service.
Reasons For Schools To Not Provide Private Mental Health Services
There are many reasons why school districts may not provide the mental health services they should. However, it is also possible that mental health services are being denied to some children simply because they have a physical ailment or other condition. When school districts do not want to acknowledge mental illnesses and disabilities, this is another good reason to consider alternative services.
Many non-profit organizations provide mental health services, and some private organizations provide the same services. Private agencies will often use the same criteria that state government mental health agencies use to decide whether to provide mental health services to their clients. However, private agencies usually charge much more than state-funded institutions.
Private mental health programs will also likely have more intensive requirements and stricter requirements for students, making it important for parents to look at all the options before hiring a program. Parents who are considering a private agency should take the time to research the program thoroughly to see what mental health services they offer. Many private agencies will have a waiting period and will ask parents to pay upfront. This process requires careful thought, and many parents may choose to seek out a program without requiring this payment.