Morehouse School of Medicine report highlights cost of mental health inequities

According to the report, those most in need of mental health services are being left behind by the way mental health care is approached. National reports on mental health care do not include nearly six million Americans who are more likely to suffer from mental illness, such as those incarcerated, people in nursing homes and active military personnel.

“Society can no longer allow social determinants of health such as homelessness, lack of access to care, cultural stigma and unemployment to contribute to this unacceptable suffering and needless loss of life, especially in minority and underserved communities,” said Tarek Rabeh, President and CEO. officer from Otsuka North America, said. “We need a mental health care system to meet patients where they are and when they need it with on-demand, real-time assistance.”

For the study, “The Economic Burden of Mental Health Inequities in the United States Report,” the Satcher Institute worked with Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus and the Robert Graham Center for medical research. Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc, a company that works extensively in the mental health field, provided financial support for the study.

The pandemic and its lingering effects were linked to deteriorating mental health in minority communities, and the study also presents policy recommendations and ways to improve equity, such as establishing health equity measures, removing stigma from health systems and creating community care systems. concentrate.

“I would like to see every policy maker in this country dedicated to creating stronger, more comprehensive health policies that will address mental health inequities in their cities, counties, states, and in this country,” Dawes said. “If we don’t, the problems will only get worse.”

The full report is available here.

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