If you had a heart condition, you'd go see a heart doctor. You wouldn't put it on hold, you wouldn't hide it from your family or co-workers. So why is there so much shame and secrets in talking about mental health issues? In some cultures, you cannot talk about mental health as it has a stigma of "being crazy". Mental health awareness is not just in our youth but in adults/parents. In order to reduce youth suicide, we have to gain awareness to our parents, teachers, coaches and influential adults that can have conversations with their children can make the youth comfortable in approaching them for these conversations.
Humans Helping Humans is helping to break stigmas and culture barriers in mental health awareness in several ways:
Mental health awareness highlighting other mental health non-profits and advocates in a podcast show "Executive Innovation Show".
Awareness through blogs and content.
Awareness through videos and video blogs.
Granting video counseling technology to mental health treatment facilities to increase family participation during treatment and video counseling in aftercare.
Mental Health Treatment Model is Broken
Convenience, Access, and Treatment
If I told you 80% of rural counties didn't have a primary care doctor, we'd think that statistic was from a third world country. It wouldn't be acceptable at all, right?
Well, in the United States, 80% of rural counties do NOT have a single psychiatrist.
Now not ever people that have mental health issues need a psychiatrist, but that shows you the shortage we have and why the hospitals are overwhelmed with mental health patients and 40% of annual hospitalizations are readmissions.
Why is the traditional health treatment model broken?:
The "treatment model" starts when it's too late, a hospitalization, suicide attempt, admission to a facility or counseling session.
When mental health issues start with depression or anxiety the majority of the time, someone just needs another human to talk to, someone that has been in their shoes, that can give me advice, hear their issues/story and make them feel like they are not alone. However, we spend more time and money on suicide hotlines vs. peer to peer hotlines. We aim to make a difference in providing a video peer to peer mental health support hotline. If you can virtually "see" the human on the other end of the line, start a relationship through conversation and trust, you can bridge the gap, break down the stigmas and culture barriers, while providing greater access and convenience.
Traditional mental health treatment facilities have great programs for 30, 60 or 90 days. However, the aftercare model is broken and only the sickest of the sick can put their life, job and family on hold to go away for this timeframe.