When a loved one has suffered a heart attack or undergone a heart bypass, concern is understandably high. Will he have another heart attack? Was her surgery successful?
In Cuyahoga County, 50% of the clients admitted into the state psychiatric hospital are readmissions. Many of these individuals were unable to access care to achieve optimal health and independence. Rather, they were forced to turn to the hospital systems to receive treatment, continuing what is known as the “Revolving Door Syndrome.” To prevent the reoccurring cycle, community agencies joined forces in hopes of closing the gap for care and created the Bridge Program.
Most caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia share this near-constant fear: In a moment of confusion, their loved ones might walk away from home and family and never find their way back.
For those living with a mental illness, finding help during an emotional episode can be difficult. Many times, individuals turn to local law enforcement, seeking anyone to calm their worries. Unfortunately, due to the lack of resources and expertise, law enforcement officials are often challenged on how to handle mental health crisis situations.
Throughout the United States, there are nearly 10 million individuals living with a serious mental illness, and for many, finding adequate care is a challenge. Throughout history, those living with a condition have had to overcome social barriers to be heard, and financial barriers to receive care. The stigma of a mental illness has shaped the way the country views those individuals and the resources provided to them.