According to a recent Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study, the number of individuals reporting mental health symptoms [anxiety or depressive disorders] has jumped from 11% in 2019 to 36.5% in June 2020. This affects us all in one way or another.

Nursing homes are reporting a significant increase in depression, anxiety, frustration and irritability due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lock-down procedures. Access this September 2020 AARP Article, Is Extended Isolation Killing Older Adults in Long-Term Care?

Mental illness is real and costly.

  • Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits)
  • Mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization for all people in the U.S. under age 45 (after excluding hospitalization relating to pregnancy and birth)
  • Across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year
  • 20.1% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition
  • 37% of adults incarcerated in the state and federal prison system have a diagnosed mental illness
  • 41% of Veteran’s Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental illness or substance use disorder

TeleECHO Series: Depression in Older Adults – October 2020

Mental health will be the conversation during our October TeleEcho sessions. We will further the discussion on how mental health and depression relates to the 4Ms framework and how to incorporate tools and best practices. Be sure to register and attend.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12:00 p.m. CT
University of North Dakota TeleEcho Session
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October 20, 2020
12:00 p.m. CT
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network TeleECHO Huddle
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