My name is Amanda Hill and I am a social work student here at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. I am writing this letter regarding the shortage that we have in mental health in the United States and in the Corpus Christi area. According to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Services, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States – 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent have a mental health condition. These numbers are quite alarming to me. In addition, suicide is currently the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds and 10 to 20 million depressed individuals attempt suicide every year and 1 million complete suicide. In response to these alarming statistics of how extremely important mental illness should be a top priority. In the Corpus Christi area alone there’s only three hospitals that treat mental illness short-term. These hospitals treat patients for 72 hours and then they are left wandering the streets without medical attention. In response to these statistics Donald Trump announced that after the Florida shooting in February that claimed 117 peoples’ lives, Trump suggests reopening mental health facilities as a way of addressing mental health. He stated, “Mentally ill patients need full treatment, not just 72 hours stabilization.” I am hoping that there well be improvement on mental health and I am hoping for change. Many lives can be saved if there were more treatment facilities.
Amanda L. Hill