Our nation’s college campuses are experiencing a surge in demand for mental health services. About 1 in 10 incoming freshmen reports feeling depressed frequently. The 2015 Annual Report for the Center for Collegiate Mental Health states that the use of college counseling centers grew by 30 percent, even though enrollment only increased by 5 percent. In addition, students’ concerns are increasingly complex.
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Mental and substance use disorders take an enormous toll on Americans’ health, longevity and productivity. Collectively, depression, anxiety and mood disorders have the greatest impact on Americans’ health of any condition, according to claims data from more than 40 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members. Substance use disorders have the fifth greatest impact, while hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol are also in the top five.
To promote recovery and treatment of people with serious mental illnesses, the health care community must foster innovation in treatment and resources. We are making great strides with interventions such as Coordinated Specialty Care for early intervention in psychosis. Medications are a critical part of treatment and recovery for many persons, especially those with Serious Mental illnesses and we need to make sure we’re introducing new medications, as a critically important tool for pursuing recovery.