Overall spending on mental health treatment reached $225 billion in 2019 and that doesn’t include additional indirect costs caused by mental health challenges and depression. Simply accessing mental health care can be prohibitively expensive and usually far exceeds other health costs.
If you have ever experienced depression, chances are that you have been given advice by well-meaning friends, family members, and the world at large to focus on positive thinking.
The percentage of adults taking prescription medication or receiving mental health counseling had risen to twenty-five percent by December 2020– an alarming upward trend that gets even steeper among young adults. The proportion of mental health-related visits to the ER for children ages 12–17 years increased by 31% in 2020.