Study Says Americans Value Mental, Physical Health Equally

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The founder and director of the Mandel Center of Arizona, Alyssa Mandel is an experienced psychotherapist who offers counseling to her clients in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. As part of her ongoing education in the field, Alyssa Mandel belongs to several professional organizations, including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

A recent survey conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans–nearly 90 percent–placed equal value on physical and mental health.

The survey also shows that almost a third of those same Americans have no access to adequate mental health care, and more than 40 percent feel that the expensive costs associated with mental health care are a significant barrier to getting the help they need.

According to survey, a large majority of people understand that depression can be a major contributing factor to suicide, but far fewer realize that related conditions, such as anxiety and other panic disorders, can also play a significant factor in increasing a person’s risk for suicide.

Harris Poll conducted the online survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States in Fall 2015, with the primary focus being the understanding of Americans about the specifics of mental health care, as well as suicide prevention and awareness.