The United States is in the midst of a major psychiatric crisis. We now average 129 suicides per day, with many of the victims being veterans who take their lives in VA parking lots. Globally, the United States ranks almost last in the number of mental health providers her capita and struggles to meet the growing demand as behavioral health visits increase at a rate of 9% per year.
Emergency rooms are inundated with patients who need psychiatric care and have nowhere else to go. One in eight emergency room visits is related to a mental health crisis. Often, people seek emergency help when transitioning out of an inpatient facility, during a psychotic episode, or simply when they have to wait one to three months before a psychiatrist can offer a medication refill.
Furthermore, current treatment modalities are myopic and do not consider the source of the illness. They are designed to mask symptoms and manage side-effects, keeping patients stuck in the system while losing any chance of true healing.
Statistics speak for themselves.
Prevalence of Mental Illness
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- 1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
- 6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
- 9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
- 1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience a substance use disorder, 5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
12-month prevalence of any mental illness among adults ages 18+, by gender, age, and race (2015)
Long-term Antidepressant use
We have a growing population and an aging group of psychiatrists. It’s time to start thinking about solving the crisis, and we are here to offer solutions and to close the widening treatment gap.
Alleviant Health Centers is a network of comprehensive psychiatric clinics treating mood disorders and certain pain conditions by integrating traditional therapies with innovative, holistic modalities. We help patients reduce medication use, take control of their lives, and employ holistic treatment options. We collaborate with our network of medical professionals to optimize their patient’s healing experience.
We address these problems head-on by:
- Actively working with local hospitals, emergency departments, and providers to improve access to care, decrease appointment times, improve quality of care, and decrease healthcare cost
- Offering groundbreaking therapies that erase suicidal ideations on the spot
- Offering treatments that help heal mood disorders rapidly and safely
- Designing healthcare structures to decongest emergency rooms, help high-acuity patients transition from inpatient care to their mental healthcare provider, and help people in crisis
- Offering integrated care that addresses the whole person and bringing back their natural state of balance
- Identifying and healing the root cause of the disorder
We are dedicated to shifting the face of mental healthcare in the United States from medication-dependent care to a holistic integrated approach, addressing the whole person.
Our uniquely-structured clinical environments are fully focused on integrated care and provide individualized treatment plans that consist of a variety of tools, such as talk-therapy, medication management, lifestyle coaching, ketamine infusion therapy, mindfulness training, or transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Our goal is to help people truly heal. If you or your loved ones suffer from depression, suicidal ideations, or other mood disorders, we would love to help you. Call us at 866-951-HEAL or request an appointment at Alleviant Health Centers here.