Depression isn’t a burden that anyone should feel they are carrying alone. But a recent study shows that though Americans view mental and physical health as equally important, only one-third feels that mental health care is accessible and the cost factor is a deterrent for 40 percent of surveyed individuals.
And although 47 percent of participants felt they had experienced a mental health condition, only 38 percent sought out treatment. Additionally, 55 percent had been impacted by suicide in some way.
The survey also unearthed that middle-aged to older white males suffer more severely from untreated mental health conditions, as they were more likely to conceal suicidal thoughts from people. But, on a positive not, young Americans (18-34) are most likely to view seeking mental health treatment as a sign of strength.