According to Mental Health America, in 2017 over 45 million Americans — almost 20% — are experiencing mental illness and over 10.3 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide. More and more young people are feeling depressed and a survey administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that from 2009 to 2017, major depression among 20- to 21-year-olds more than doubled, rising from 7 percent to 15 percent. CDC statistics show that suicide rates have been climbing in nearly every state over the past two decades, and veterans and LGBTQ people face an elevated risk.
For those of us trying to change these statistics, the scale of the crisis can be overwhelming. However, here at Karitas Ketamine Clinic, we strive every day to help people improve their quality of life, one patient at a time. Many of the people that come into our ketamine clinic are suffering from depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine for depression effectively improves depressive symptoms in 70% of patients. If it is effective for the patient, it is also fast-acting, which can make it especially effective for patients considering suicide who cannot wait weeks for another drug to kick in.
We understand that there is a mental health crisis happening in America right now, and we are committed to making a difference. We do this not only through the affordable ketamine infusions we provide every day in our West Covina ketamine clinic, but also through educational resources on our research & press page and here on our blog. We also donate 2% of our profits to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more about ketamine for depression.
Continue reading to learn more about the state of mental health in the U.S. and what we can do to help others in our lives who may be struggling.
Youth Mental Health
Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 50% of lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24. While it’s always difficult to determine the causes behind mental health trends and statistics, today’s young adults are navigating a world that is much different than the ones their parents grew up in, which includes technology and social media.
Teens can have a hard time reaching out for help. Many say that they don’t know if adults will believe them or that they will overreact. If you have children or work with children and you notice they are struggling, try to start conversations about mental health and check in often.
Mental Health Crisis In Prisons
The mental health crisis in the U.S. includes the mentally ill behind bars. Two million people with mental illness are put in jail each year and many who leave jail no longer have access to the healthcare they need. More so, jailing people with mental illness puts a large burden of care on law enforcement, who are not mental health experts. Prisons aren’t equipped to handle the large number of mentally ill people behind bars. Hiring and retaining mental-health staff is a challenge for prisons, especially for those in remote areas.
Access to Treatment
Access to treatment is one of the biggest causes of the mental health crisis in America. Nearly half of the 60 million adults and children living with mental health conditions go without any treatment at all. Treatment is difficult to access because getting mental health care can mean going out of network or paying much higher premiums than one would for primary care. When care is more expensive, it can lead people to seek less care or go without care.
We work hard to make our ketamine infusions as affordable as possible because we want as many people as possible to have access to this potentially life-saving treatment. However, because ketamine infusions are not yet covered by insurance, they can still be cost-prohibitive for some people. We hope that in the near future insurance will cover ketamine infusions so that more people can access treatment, like ketamine for depression, that our ketamine clinic provides.
Karitas Ketamine Clinic West Covina
We started our ketamine clinic because we’ve seen first hand how ketamine infusions can change people’s lives. And it’s also why we strive to provide clients with the most affordable ketamine infusions possible. We want to make this treatment accessible to everyone who needs it. Visit our FAQ page, explore further ketamine research and press, and contact us today to set up an appointment.
If you’ve found this blog post useful, explore our other blog posts about how ketamine infusions can help improve people’s quality of life:
- Benefits of Ketamine for Depression
- How Ketamine Works to Help Severe Depression
- The Importance of Having A Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Plan