Mental Health

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 […]