Mental Health Professionals
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are over 552,000 mental health professionals practicing in the U.S. whose main focus is the treatment (and/or diagnosis) of mental health or substance abuse concerns.
• 43 million Americans have a mental health condition as reported by Mental Health America in 2018. However, 57% of American adults in this report have not received mental health services or treatment.
• Mental health workforce shortage remains and psychologists face the challenge of retaining clients long enough for treatment processes to be effective.
• Salaries for behavioral health workers are lower than other positions in healthcare and business, leading to a shortage of psychologists in areas where they are most needed.
• To be able to compete successfully, psychologists and mental health counselors have to keep up with the times, in this case, adopting new protocols to support traditional practices. By considering more integrative solutions, clients can enjoy the benefits of a complete package.
• The interest in serving underserved populations: rural communities, inner cities and children through tele-health services – all where problems are most acute.
Therapists often give a lot of themselves to their clients, which can cause them to feel depleted. Burnout can occur when therapists feel too depleted, and it can cause them to become apathetic and unhappy. Therapists often hear about clients’ deepest issues. Hearing about things like trauma, abuse, addiction, and mental health issues every day can weigh on a therapist. Therapists are real people with real problems. Just like other people, therapists can struggle with issues like anxiety, depression, grief, loss, stress, and many other problems that can be helped with therapy. It’s important for counselors and social workers to be processing their own issues so that they do not negatively affect their clients. In summary, there is no question that the barriers to strengthening behavioral health workplace capacity and effectiveness will require innovation to break down – but with challenges come opportunity. To this end, Heal the Hero offers qualified mental health professionals grants and scholarships for brain performance programs designed for stress resiliency, release of trauma, brain balancing and high-level brain executive functioning.