Health Beat, Crescendo of Concern, Tango with Trouble & Fascination Fandango

Health Beat, Crescendo of Concern, Tango with Trouble & Fascination Fandango

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Dancing Through Life

Ever wish your life was more carefree, less stressful? Perhaps a bit like these lyrics from a popular song from the Broadway musical Wicked

Dancing through life
Mindless and careless
Make sure you’re where less trouble is rife
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you’re dancing
Through life

Sitting Out the Dance
For those struggling to cope with the stress and pressures of modern life, the idea of dancing through life, feels like a distant dream. Over 20% of American adults (more than 50 million) experience some sort of mental illness every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and 5% encounter a more serious mental health concern every year.

Three-quarters of Americans think mental health issues are identified and treated worse than physical health issues in the U.S., according to a new survey from West Health and Gallup. This belief is even stronger among U.S. adults aged 65 and older and those who report they have experienced a mental health problem in the past year.

Another measure in the survey asking Americans to evaluate how well the nation’s healthcare system deals with mental health conditions finds a similarly bleak assessment. Only 1% of U.S. adults grade its ability to address mental health issues as an A, 8% as a B, and 27% as a C. The remaining majority, 57%, grade it as a D (32%) or F (25%).claring Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914.

Let’s Dance
While the concept of dancing through life may seem unattainable for those battling mental health issues, there is hope. Increased awareness and advocacy efforts are breaking down the barriers of stigma surrounding mental health conditions, encouraging more individuals to seek help and support.

Mental health care is more accessible than ever, with a variety of resources and treatments available to those in need. From therapy and counseling to medication and support groups, there are pathways to healing and recovery.

As a society, it is crucial that we prioritize mental health and wellness and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to dance through life with joy and resilience.

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  • Crescendo of Concern: cost of mental health inequities, employer cost of youth mental health crisis and the role of chatbots in mental health care.
  • Tango with Trouble: troubles with ‘A Place for Mom’, end of life cancer treatments and sepsis treatment.
  • Fascination Fandango: including my personal favorite, Why writing by hand beats typing for thinking and learning!!.

Enjoy the weekend!

Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
AEPC President
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
Email: [email protected]

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