This week was no different from the past couple weeks here at Trusted Source – busy as ever! However, I had been especially looking forward to the meeting on Thursday where I sat in on the Commission on Aging’s Mental Health subcommittee gathering. I was tasked with putting together a survey for them to collect some very important information about the resources available for mental health patients of the 50+ community and the current state of treatment provided for this target population. The meeting was really great in terms of getting the exact kinds of questions that the committee was looking to ask through the survey and I very much look forward to analyzing the data once the survey is finalized and distributed.
Mental health is a topic I hold very dear to my heart. It’s perhaps the most understudied and overlooked area of healthcare in the United States and very few people realize that mental health runs the gamut of conditions – some as mild as partial anxiety or depression to such extremes as schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). Absolutely everyone has been affected by mental health issues at some point in there life, whether it be a friend or family member having to deal with a condition or even experiencing a mental health issue themselves. For being one of the most pervasive and all-encompassing healthcare issues in our country, mental health needs to be much more studied and provided for by not only healthcare professionals but individual communities too.
Personally, I’ve had to fight my own battles with my obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and social anxiety, all of which I was diagnosed with in childhood. I was very fortunate to have the tools and resources made available to me to deal with my mental health issues, but not everyone is so lucky. Therefore, I’m very passionate about contributing my time and effort to this cause and I truly hope that my prior experience in research will support the endeavors of the committee and benefit the people dealing with mental health throughout the community as a whole.
Until next time,