The National Institutes of Health is warning the public that mental illness and the death of loved ones are among the top health concerns facing the country today.
In its annual report released Monday, the NIH warned that the number of Americans who have experienced mental illness has grown by more than 8% over the past year.
That means the number is on pace to surpass the peak in 2010, according to the report.
That increase in diagnoses has also been accompanied by a surge in deaths, which have more than doubled over the same period.
Mental health is among the leading causes of death for Americans, according the NIH.
The report said that mental health is also at the forefront of the nation’s public health effort.
“It’s no coincidence that the public health response to mental illness is focused on the mental health and social determinants of illness,” said Dr. Karen L. Davis, a NIH official who co-authored the report with Dr. Richard S. Levine, the chief medical officer for the National Institutes on Aging.
The NIH continues to support the efforts of state, local and private health care providers to improve access to quality mental health care, and to promote evidence-based, evidence-informed practices.” “
While mental health has become a primary focus in the response to this crisis, we need to continue to focus on the health of the people we serve and our community.
The NIH continues to support the efforts of state, local and private health care providers to improve access to quality mental health care, and to promote evidence-based, evidence-informed practices.”
Mental health has been a major focus of President Trump’s administration, and in March, the White House issued an executive order directing agencies to increase the federal funding for mental health services.
“The public health crisis of mental illness requires us to address mental health as an issue with a clear-cut solution that includes prevention, early intervention, support and treatment,” Trump said at the time.
“If we don’t act now, this crisis will only get worse.”