The Neuro Well FREE Not-For-Profit Organization
Fighting the Global War on Undetected,
Under-Treated Mental Illness
The Quality of Mental Healthcare MUST and CAN be Improved
People with mental illness are imprisoned in several ways
- Emotional suffering traps people into a state of helplessness.
- Lack of access to high-quality mental healthcare further increases helplessness.
- Jails, hospitals, medical wards, poverty, homelessness and substance abuse are a usual destination.
Social stigma, and the Fragmentation of Neurology and Psychiatry fields, are key causes of low quality
- Social stigma and privacy regulations:
– limit public knowledge/awareness
– lower patient engagement and
– hinder efforts to improve care quality.
- Fragmentation of Neurology and Psychiatry care:
– increases complexity of care (duplicate or wrong treatments, missed diagnoses
– delays discoveries for people with mental illness.
Current and projected demand far outweighs supply
- One in four people suffer from mental disorders.
- Neurology waiting lists project the U.S. Neurologist shortage to reach 19% by 2025.
- The rate of growth in Psychiatrists is much lower than that of the nation’s population.
o Medical students choosing Psychiatry are fewer in number than in decades’ past.
People with mental illness are suffering because the quality of brain care is extremely poor
- Fewer than half of people with serious neuropsychiatric distress receive proper care.
- Median delay in treatment across disorders is about 10 years.
- 35-50% of cases even in high income countries go untreated (76-85% in low/middle income)
Low quality mental health care can disable not only individuals, but also societies.
- By 2020, Behavioral Disorders will exceed physical diseases as the main global cause of
- Consequences of lack of access to high-quality, unified brain care include:
– reduced safety of communities
– reduced productivity in our workforce
– unsustainable healthcare costs (preventable emergency room and inpatient visits)
Most major causes of low quality of mental healthcare are addressabl
- Treating Neurology and Psychiatry problems in the same visit, by one provider:
– can prevent lack of coordination that can cause errors
– can lower financial barriers for both patients and insurers
– can increase chances for cross-discoveries to apply from one field to the other.
- Training para-providers in NeuroPsych can increase supply of higher-quality providers.
- Caring for patients in de-stigmatized, non-traditional environments can ease stigma.
- Educating the public using Behavioral Theory can increase engagement