This post will be a fact-based overview of the prevalence of mental health illness conditions and the burden nationally in the United States according to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the National Institute of Mental Health on an annual basis.
I am writing this post at this point in time to also contribute to setting the stage for delving into the many complex issues that this blog will address in its future postas and tasks. These issues will range from the staggering seeming increase in demand for mental health services all sectors of our American healthcare system, and many sectors in which we have neglected and actually delayed or even faced the necessity to institute regular and proximately closely situated competent mental health services such as school based clinics and for adults in the workplaces. Currently in the last 10 to 15 years we have had continuing bitter reminders of the needs for mental health services in the schools by the occurrence of mass shootings both by students and by adults in school schools. Prior to that in the 1980s and 1990s we had so many incidents of mass shootings by disgruntled employees of the US postal system that it became a national meme and joke to say that someone had “gone postal.”