KMA Health Priorities -- Mental Health

Mental health

Millions of Americans are impacted daily by a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In fact, mood disorders – including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder – are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S., according to NAMI. The numbers illustrate the need for treatment: 1.1 percent of U.S. adults live with schizophrenia; 2.6 percent of adults live with bipolar disorder; 6.9 percent of adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; and 18.1 percent of adults experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias, according to NAMI.

The kyhealthnow initiative set as a goal reducing the average number of poor mental health days of Kentuckians from 4.5 days by 2020. Many organizations, including the Kentucky Medical Association, provide resources to address the issues surrounding poor mental health.