Sharing – Getting Real About the Therapist Shortage

Sharing – Getting Real About the Therapist Shortage

As she puts it, there’s a shortage of therapists in general, a shortage of therapists that take insurance, and a shortage of therapists with specialized training. None of that will change without significant changes to the mental health system, and even if it did, we still wouldn’t have enough therapists, especially in rural areas.

Sharing – Don’t Just Post About Supporting Those With Depression, Support Them

Sharing – Don’t Just Post About Supporting Those With Depression, Support Them

John ends his post with an important message, one that I echo for sure because his story is something I’ve heard too many times. He talks about “reaching out” to people only to be dismissed. Being told “Oh you’re strong, you’ll get through this”, or that it’s not that serious, and then the struggle to reach out to a hotline or for professional help and be met with some short term strategies, and lack of available resources, etc. is how you “support” depression without really supporting the person in front of you dealing with depression.

Just the other day I saw someone close to me talking about spending 45 minutes just trying to figure out how to set up an appointment with a therapist through the app her insurance has set up for her through her employer, before finally giving up.

This is why we need reminders like this for the people we know, and why we need to remind the entire mental health care industry of this as well.

2022 State of Mental Health Report Shows Shocking Lack of Access to Care

2022 State of Mental Health Report Shows Shocking Lack of Access to Care

The report is available to download in full, or you can skim some of the statistics. As you do though, pay special attention to the section on Access to Care, where you’ll learn things like the fact that over 27 million people in the US with some sort of mental health issue did not get any treatment. None. Not a bit. Even in the best state for matching treatment with patients, Vermont, almost 43% of people did not get care.