Mental health issues are a big concern
To the editor:
Mental health is a very concerning topic at this point in every one’s life. Mental health is very prevalent in the United States of America and in the last fifteen months, mental illness and suicide rates have increased significantly due to COVID-19.
Mental health is everywhere, it may be you, your neighbor, your boss or coworker, someone in your family or even a stranger working a functionally normal life. With mental illness on the rise, you would assume that resources would be too, but sadly the answer to that is no. Some wanting to talk to someone and searching for help may not get into a counselor or doctor for at least two months. By then you hope that person is still willing to talk and get help, assuming they are still alive.
These mental health increases could be decreased by an on-call doctor or counselor to talk to anytime of the day. Others are so ill they need more than the 45-minute sessions once a week that they are offered. Many need hour sessions multiple times a week. Opening up more clinics and centers for patients would decreases both these problems. For a crisis, there is a national suicide hotline : 1-800-273-8255, that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any crisis.
Aria A Wellington,