“MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION. IT’S THE FINAL TABOO AND IT NEEDS TO BE FACED AND DEALT WITH.” - ADAM ANT, ENGLISH SINGER AND MUSICIAN
Although everyone desires a well-balanced and productive life, many in our community are unable to live balanced lives due to mental illness. Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., costing $100 billion per year. It can disrupt a person's thinking or daily functioning, and can affect one's mood and ability to have healthy relationships in the work setting or in personal life. Mental illnesses can affect individuals of any age, any race, any religion, or any socioeconomic status.
Recent reports from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas show that mental illnesses impact about one in every four adults in America every year. In 2017, Mecklenburg County’s Community Health Assessment found that approximately 17% of adults in our community reported being diagnosed with depression, making mental health the number one public health issue ranked by Charlotte Mecklenburg residents. Sadly, while early diagnosis and treatment are critical to achieving wellness, two-thirds of those adults will not receive the services they need. Some of the common roadblocks individuals face when trying to gain access to psychological services include financial and cultural barriers. The costs to our society for untreated mental illness are found, not only in economic terms, but also in the volume of disability cases, high unemployment figures, homelessness, needless incarcerations and the most tragic costs: homicides and suicides.
Psychology For All was founded to address these hurdles that prevent adequate access to mental health care. Our mission is to help open the door to emotional well-being by breaking down the common barriers the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community faces when accessing the psychotherapeutic services they need.