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To What Extent Should the Crisis of Mental Illness be given Attention Worldwide? The article Sense by Richard Axel and the photographs of 3D Art by Joe Hill, drove me to idea of what affects the perception of the world for individuals. Mental illness is a perfect example of a factor that changes an individual’s perception due to their functioning of the brain. The crisis of mental illness is not inconspicuous to the people of the world, and especially to the citizens of America. The deprivation of mental health care amongst those who are ill is accredited to the shortage of attention that is given to the issue. Although there have been many programs created with the intent of providing aid to those who suffer from severe mental illnesses such as Critical Time Intervention services (CTIs), the magnitude of how effective they are will only be as much as their funding will allow. The other aspect of the crisis is the consequences The consequences faced when mental illnesses are not treated with the proper care include the rise of suicide and violence, a globally prominent issue. The United States is a major inhabitant of the issues that come along with the insufficient amount of attention mental illness is given. This leads to the conclusion that the government should be involved with the major crisis of mental illness but to what extent is the real question. The crisis of mental illness mainly stems from the funding of mental health care. The globally, the amount of money per person that goes towards their mental health is on average less than $2 and third-world/ low income countries spend less than 25 cents a person (Insel). The amount of money that goes towards a person’s mental health is inadequate to reach a point of well mental health globally. In low income countries, there is only one psychiatrist for every 900,00 people in lower income countries, while in wealthier countries there are about nine psychiatrists for every 100,00 people (Insel). This shows the lack of psychiatrists that are able to tend to mental health issues in low income countries compared to high income countries which
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makes it seem as though the high income countries such as the United States are tending to mental issues more efficiently than poorer countries. This may be true, but the United States is still not doing an efficient enough job of providing money to fix the issue of mental health that exists in the country. Due to the lack of funds that goes towards the crisis of mental illness in America, other issues prevail in the country. As many may know, the crisis of mental illness in America is major and is almost impossible to go unnoticed. In 2012, 43.7 million Americans over the age 18 suffered some type of mental disorder. This is 18.6 percent of the American adult population. About 10 million of those 43.7 million Americans struggled with a serious or chronic mental illness such as psychotic disorders (Insel). The issues caused by mental illnesses prevail in the United States as a result of insufficient funding that goes towards mental health issues. Along with the insufficient funding
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  • Summer '14
  • Machlachlin
  • mental health, Psychiatry, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Crisis of Mental Illness, Neglect of Mental Illness

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