Did you know that tens of millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every single year? That's right. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly one in five adults are living with a mental illness, and estimates suggest that less than half of the individuals with mental health conditions receive treatment. From anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and so many more conditions, there are so many Americans struggling.
Ignoring the mental health epidemic that we have in the United States has reverberating effects on our nation’s physical health. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, mood disorders are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S., and many mental illnesses, if left untreated, can be the cause of chronic health issues.
We are finally seeing an emphasis being placed on the epidemic we have with mental health in the United States and more solutions being offered to help individuals manage their lives. On the awareness front, the public has fortunately seen an increase in people opening up about their personal struggles with their own mental health conditions with things like the #myfavoritemeds hashtag that started on Instagram in which people took pictures of their hands holding their prescription medications as they attempted to end the stigma of dealing with mental illness. Many celebrities joined in on the movement, starting many conversations.
Throwing more providers (that are already limited in number) at the problem cannot fix mental healthcare in the United States. Technology must be a part of the solution. Our products, bStable and bStable Go! provide information technology solutions to assist those struggling with mental health conditions along with individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health needs and developmental disabilities so that better communication is exchanged between the patient and their mental healthcare provider. This leads to better mental health outcomes for all parties involved. bStable is used by patients, loved ones, psychiatrists, psychologists, payers and providers all over the world and has been proven in research studies to be highly effective.