According to a recent report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more states are taking mental health more seriously. Over the last year, mental health budgets in 37 different states increased, including Michigan. Only six states decreased mental health spending in the last year, while nine states kept spending levels about the same.
Depression is currently the second leading cause of disability worldwide, according to a paper recently published in the journal Plos Medicine. In some countries, clinical depression is the leading cause of disability, but on the whole depression is outpaced by lower respiratory infections.
As our readers know, the issue of mental illness and mental health care has been in the news a lot in recent months. As recent tragic events have highlighted, those with mental illnesses all too often don’t receive the care they need when they need it.
Each year, the Social Security Administration announces a figure indicating the percentage by which beneficiaries’ checks are to increase. This figure, known as the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), is supposed to account for the inflation of prices for gas, food, housing, and other goods and services.