Lawmakers examine root causes of nation’s ills – Times News Online

Published on June 20, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.

About 52.9 million Americans — or one in five adults — suffer from mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In 2020, one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 suffered from serious mental illness, which is defined as a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings or mood. The tensions caused by the COVID pandemic are not taken into account in these figures.

Today’s economic pressures make matters worse. According to the American Psychological Association’s latest survey of stress in America, Americans are more stressed about money than they have ever been.

Vaile Wright, senior director of healthcare innovation at the American Psychological Association, reports that 87% of Americans said inflation and rising costs of daily consumer goods were the cause of their stress. And according to Bankrate’s 2022 Money and Mental Health Report, more than 40% of American adults say money has a negative impact on their mental health.

The investment portfolios of older people, who have spent their lives building their retirement nest egg, are being pounded. And according to the Natixis Global Retirement Climate 2021, a growing number of them do not hope to one day have enough money to retire, with around 40% of them saying that their ability to be financially secure in the future retirement “is going to take a miracle”.

Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief at Bankrate, explains that when the economy works for them, there’s a greater likelihood that people will have hope that they can achieve their basic personal financial goals.

What is missing under the current Biden administration is that people lack hope. Every day, more citizens grow weary of the President’s endless series of excuses and lack of guilt, whether it’s the weak market, soaring fuel prices, disappearance of infant formula in many regions, the opening of borders or the rise in crime, especially in large cities.

Meanwhile, several Northeast lawmakers have provided support for voters facing mental health issues in their districts.

Dennis Hutchison, Somerset County Farm Bureau, notes that farmers have always been reluctant to admit they were stressed or depressed. In a recent survey, farmers described themselves as self-sufficient, strong and stubborn and that they felt a tremendous sense of responsibility in running farms which, in some cases, has been passed down through centuries.

They admit, however, that they have difficulty expressing their feelings or asking for help.

State Senator Elder Vogel, the fourth generation in his family to run a dairy farm in Beaver County, has helped create a new AgriStress Helpline for farmers in Pennsylvania that can offer a variety of resources to make dealing with stress-related challenges. The service, which is free, grew out of a February 2020 Mental Health Roundtable and is funded by grants.

Representative Claudia Tenney, a U.S. Congresswoman whose district covers much of central New York, recently introduced legislation to improve care and treatment programs for mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse and related issues.

Responding to the recent mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Tenney said Democrats have failed to identify the root causes, which she says is a tragic symptom. of a much more systemic deterioration of our society and institutions.

As the nation’s mental health issues have been exacerbated by the internet and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, liberal policies in democratically-run cities cannot be ignored when examining surging crime. . Tenney cites examples like the 2015 triple murder of Paul Bumbolo, who was detained for mental health evaluation after killing the family dog ​​but released several hours later.

Tenney’s analysis of the ills plaguing the nation makes sense, “from the collapse of our society and the unraveling of the social networks that once bound us to the criminal justice reforms that demonized the police while celebrating criminals. , our country needs a serious course correction.”

By Jim Zbick | [email protected]

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