Mental Illness Funding

Cynthia Olivares

According to the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, 48 percent of Americans will live with a mental illness, and 75 percent of those illnesses will begin before the end of their adolescence stage, while 50 percent will start before the age of 16.
However, mental illnesses goes unnoticed and is not treated as an actual disability when it comes to funding.
Many people believe that mental illness institutes do not need much funding because they believe those with mental illnesses only need therapy or drugs to make them feel better. A well-known and educated citizen such as Rahm Emanuel does not believe mental illness institutes needs funding either. Last year in the city of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel took down various mental illness facilities to construct a basketball stadium around the DePaul University campus. By doing so Mayor Rahm Emanuel proved that people do not believe in the necessary funding of mental illness institutes.
With the right amount of funding, according to Medscape, mental illness institutes can provide each patient with the sufficient amount of care. The increase in funding can really benefit people in any state of mind. Since mental health institutes provide help to every type of illness like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more.
These institutions can help students who have trouble in school because it provides them with the sufficient amount of help. Forbes magazine stated that the increase of funding led to 300 additional graduates at schools where their funding was cut. Also, those with a mental health condition usually have the highest dropout rate and are susceptible to many disadvantages. That is why funding should be provided, for the benefit of students and to ensure an actual future in their lives.
These mental health facilities provide patients with enough help to enhance their skills in order to obtain their jobs back, prevent them from homelessness, other health conditions, and criminal activity. Helping people at an early age can have a better outcome than the beginning.
Therefore, mental illness facilities, institutes, and doctors should have more funding because it can benefit a copious amount of people. We often judge those who are unstable, yet we cut the funding for the programs that they need. Instead, we should improve their programs and that will improve patients, which would be like killing two birds with one stone.