This, in a nutshell, is an example of the problem we face.
“Since its grand opening in 2002, this unit—the only place in eastern Montana where a person with a mental health emergency can be admitted for inpatient care—has languished in a state of desertion more often than not.
The problem isn’t a lack of demand; Montana is cursed with the highest suicide rate in the nation, and it’s higher in this predominantly rural part of the state than in any other region. During the rare times when the unit is up and running, the supply of incoming patients is predictably, and sometimes frantically, consistent. The problem here is staffing. Administrators can’t find anyone to run the place.”
So yes, it’s great that we have been getting the message out that asking for help, and getting treatment, is not a sign of weakness. We’ve done so much to remove that stigma.
Yet, if you life in Eastern Montana, where do you get help?
Eastern Montana may be the most extreme example, but the shortage of resources is real, everywhere. Even in big cities with lots of therapists, if you don’t have a great insurance with mental health coverage, or a bunch of money, good luck paying for that help.
There is so much work to be done.