Improving Mental Health: February 9, 2017
It brings thousands to the emergency room every year. Mark Tesoro, a trauma injury prevention educator with Lee Health, says mental health conditions are a growing concern in Lee County. “I believe people would be surprised to see the extent of the problem.”
Tesoro sees patients in the emergency room every day suffering from mental health conditions. “The statistics show that one out of five adults have some kind of mental experience, some kind of mental health issue a year. In Lee County, that translates to approximately 135,000 individuals a year that need mental health care.”
Mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, or personality disorders, can have a severe impact on a patient’s daily functions and quality of life, causing many to seek help at emergency rooms and trauma centers. “One of the issues that we face with mental health in general is the stigma that’s associated with mental health and providing mental health care,” said Tesoro.
It’s a problem Lee Health is working to improve in Lee County by first educating the public on mental health. “We’re trying to partner with a number of different organizations and groups to try to cover and catch those folks who potentially are falling through the cracks,” said Tesoro.
Health experts are also seeking more funds and physicians to diagnose and treat patients with mental health needs, with a goal of improving the community’s overall health.