One such issue is the mental needs of baby boomers. This is because this generation of the American population offers a Unique challenge to the American medical system, in that the system is not adequately prepared to address the mental health needs of this demographic. This can, however, be remedied with the appropriate policy implementation to ensure that Medicare is in a position to adequately contain the mental health needs of the baby boomer generation. This is because the members of these demographic are likely to suffer from mental problems like depression leading to suicides, as they advance in age (MedlinePlus, 2009). Although mental health is being recognized as a health problem in America, the Medicare system needs policy implementations, ad hoc the needs of the baby boomer generations mental health needs. Background After the WW2, The demographic of the American population that comprised of young adults had a symbolic significance to the population as the face of optimism and the nations driving force. In the modern times, however, as this generation has advanced age wise, there has been growing concerns concerning their health. This is because there are fears that the health care system is inadequate to handle the mental needs of this generation, to ensure they live healthily. The society has been slow to recognize mental health as an illness, and this has made the field lag behind as compared to the other areas in mainstream healthcare. This shortfall has been made apparent by the challenges in mental healthcare for the baby boomers. The healthcare policies that have been introduced recently have highlighted the shortage in terms of carte providers of geriatric mental health cases. Statistics on the issue collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) depicted an increase in the suicide rates by 20%, among the age demographic of between 45 to 54 years, in the period between 1999 and 2005 (Conger, 2009). Though exploration into the matter has not yielded a definite cause for this increase, the most logical hypothesis has been cited as being due to the depression affecting this demographic. Use of prescription drugs and hormone replacements to counter menopause have been proposed as possible causes (Chopvisky, 2011). Other experts have varied citing it simply portrayed the natural receding of the population numbers. White Women have a slightly higher increase than their male compatriots, with a figure of 3.9 percent increase being recorded. The increase in suicide rates was also evident across the board with minority groups also recording an upward trend in suicide cases. The complexity of the health needs with relation to their mental wellbeing is made critical by the actuality that this demographic comprises of 78 million individuals. The gravity of the situation is further reiterated with the fact that 10 million baby boomer are likely to suffer from Alzheimer cases. There are also indications that cases of dementia have a strong prevalence among the group (Kapes, 2006). The society has tried to ensure that this generation lives comfortably, and there have been initiatives concerning this in various areas including social security and geriatric care, but there has been a shortcoming in
POLICY ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH Name: Institution Introduction Mental health is slowly being recognized as a disease. This means that policies are being put in place to address the needs of individuals with cases of mental health. Though there has been a realization in the improvement of mental health services and policies, several issues need the attention of the policy makers and the nursing paternity in order to formulate long-term remedies for these issuers…
The researcher of this study aims to pay special attention to the two approaches - behaviour change and policy change approaches to mental health promotion in terms of how they fit into a general health promotion model. An in-depth reflection on the course and this study will then be undertaken, followed by a conclusion.
The case analysis will begin by critically assessing the facts of the case below. This will involve the theoretical examination of factors and situations that relate to the case and the formulation of a practical plan to deal with the patient and provide appropriate treatment.
WHO or World Health Organization had also came up with its own definition of health i.e. that health "is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence ofr disease or infirmity (WHO 1946). Although it is a positivist definition as compared to the first one, it was still assailed because it was basically utopian which could hardly be attained by most individuals.
It is imperative that the ASW is placed in a position that he/she is able to work without institutional pressures when making decisions. Without this independent status, the holistic and non-medical perspective would not be a part of such a potentially life changing decision and or event (Mind Information 2005).
Additionally, the Dean of Students should refer Dennis to the counseling center. As is stated in the university's health policy: "The Dean of Students may refer a student to the Counseling Center for evaluation whenever the Dean believes that the student is suffering from a mental disorder that is adversely affecting his or her academic performance or behavior on campus."1
Many people seek services when in a crisis. This can be described as a sudden onset or relapse of mental illness or distress, which renders the individual and/or caregiver unable to cope with normal circumstances. This may further present a risk to themselves or others (Operational Policy, 2009).
The entire system of mental health care should be managed competently in order for it to function efficiently. The proposal to delegate specialized services for the treatment of severe mental illness and generic services for common mental problem is right