Aging and Mental Health: The Troubles Facing the Current Geriatric Mental Health System

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness in older adults isa prevalent condition that is associated with serious physical, social, and economic consequences. A significant percentage of older adults in the United States experience mental illness, although the exact prevalence of mental illness in older adults varies by definition and source. According to a report by […]

The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems: the Burden of Forcing One System’s Responsibilities onto Another

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Introduction Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness (AMI) and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SMI) (SAMHSA, 2014). Mental illness is associated with […]

Review of the Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence, with Specific Regard to Mental Health Issues

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction The White House recently released a proposal of executive actions intended to reduce gun violence in the United States. These executive actions come as a response to a decade of an overwhelming amount of gun-related deaths, injuries, and crimes. The Administration has announced that the executive actions are designed to: […]

The Challenge of Suicide in Older Adults

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Older adults experience a high rate of suicide. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-based Inquiry Statistics and Query Reporting System, in 2014, 7,693 adults aged 65 and older died from suicide; the age-adjusted rate of suicide per 100,000 was 16.73 for this age group. […]

Mental Health Expenditures in Florida: Concerning Trends Throughout the Past Decade

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Florida’s mental health system has remained significantly and chronically underfunded. Mental health expenditures across the United States have been relatively minimal in comparison to the prevalence of mental illness (according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], approximately 18.5% of adults in the U.S. currently experience any […]