Repairing A Broken Mental Health System

Suggestions are:

1. The American Psychological Association performs tremendous work.  And when members think out of the box in bringing positive mental health results for the patient, those ideas deserve emulating.  However, there’s always room for improvement (i.e., ceasing to engage in illogical arguments/practices/agendas).

  • Going before the US Supreme Court and stating that underage females are responsible enough in obtaining abortions without parental consent.  If this argument was truly valid, underage females wouldn’t require abortions because they would have prevented the pregnancies from occurring.
  • A female* may experience psychological difficulties after her first abortion when she has a history of mental health problems.  Actually, a female may experience psychological difficulties after an initial abortion because of hormonal changes, even if she doesn’t have prior mental health issues.  Any prior mental health difficulties are exacerbated after having that first abortion.
  • Removing PTSD in the DSM-5 as an anxiety disorder and stating that the condition is merely associated with anxiety.  After further consideration on the subject, I can’t help but ask What were they thinking?

2. Pursuing corporate investors for funding.

3. Increase of neighborhood mental health clinics.

4. Additional group homes for patients as they make the transition from a psychiatric hospital stay before returning to their permanent residence.

5. Aggressive marketing for Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) throughout the various media platforms to de-stigmatize mental health.

6. Hiring additional social workers to deepen ties with the psychological community, and as safety nets for patients from falling through cracks within the bureaucracy.

7. Psychological outreach for routine workshops in K-12, houses of worship, and universities, providing literature with local resources available.

*Women and underage females alike.

Vikki

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