Every individual has their own situation that warrants different "levels" of mental health. Over the course of our lifetime, half of us will have dealt with some type of mental health challenge – some will be more serious than others though. Here's the good news: we're working to build a better and safer environment in New York.
The intense environment has exposed and worsened the intensity of struggle that many face. More than 1 in 5 New Yorkers have symptoms of a mental disorder, according to the New York State Department of Health. Not being able to recognize the symptoms of a disorder is an obstacle New York inhabitants face due to the stigmatization revolving around mental health and discrimination in the health field. The stigma around mental health has been pushed by society and is devastatingly a huge factor in the crisis.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in early 2020, New York’s mental health crisis was already worsening. New York was heavily affected by the pandemic and was not only struggling with the economic effects but also the psychological effects on its inhabitants. In May of 2020, more than one third of NY adults had severe symptoms of psychological disorders. These numbers were nearly 3 times worse than numbers from national findings pre-pandemic. The pandemic took away the already limited access many had to treatment and caused severe distress leading to undiagnosed illnesses. As the state of New York recovers, it is equally as important for the people to recover. Due to the spike in psychological suffering, stigma around mental health has also worsened. Combating stigma is what New York needs to comprehensively heal. Becoming aware of symptoms, and raising awareness is an extremely beneficial way to battle the stigma.The 2016 CHS shows that over half of NY adults with depression received no treatment or counseling (62%).
This is why Coast-to-Coast Mental Health Awareness needs your help! Our goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health problems in New York. With your help, we will be able to help lower the numbers. Even a small donation would help us greatly. What are you waiting for? It's your time to help ease this problem!The number of adults suffering from mental health disorders (according to the USC Schaeffer company).New York has seen a massive surge in depressive symptoms.It's not just with one race either – it's spread out pretty evenly.Although the levels are still high, New York has been having a great recovery from the pandemicWe have to protect individuals from overdoses.