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Letter: Mental health funding crucial for DeKalb County

To the Editor:

Suicide due to mental health issues and psychosis is a big problem among young adults. There must be a way to prevent mental illness, as well as help those who have already been diagnosed.

A problem that seems like it is getting more attention are suicides due to poor mental health. According to research done in 2013 by Primary Psychiatry, about 90% of suicides are due to the victim having some sort of psychiatric disorder. People who are in lower environmental and social classes are more prone to develop a mental illness.

Comparing DeKalb County to Cook County, the rates of ER visits because of a mental health issue, DeKalb has a higher rate (2.2) while Cook had a lower rate (2.1) (IQUERY).

This verifies the statistical data that rural areas have a greater risk that urban areas. Therefore, this project is to help the needs of the DeKalb County mental health persons.

This means that budgeting for services for individuals and working with social workers throughout is something to keep in mind. The topic is thus of immense interest to help demystify or confirm the claims. DeKalb is about 43,862 in population. In specific, the population has a median age of about 24.2.

Additionally, the county has a median household income of approximately $38,000. As evident from the population median age, DeKalb is one of the counties in Illinois with a younger median age. The majority of the residents are white, with black being the next largest racial group.

This can then lead DeKalb County to become healthier and to help those in the future. This would be a good step in the right direction in the battle against mental illness. Learning about this would help DeKalb County because it would help reduce the risk of psychosis and help those who have been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness.

This is why its important for local health departments to appropriately fund mental health programs, especially those programs in rural areas, rather than defund them. I have known students who want and need mental health help but don’t because of access and expense. Its important for our public health departments to add value in their community and offer free services, because mental health is a real thing and needs to be offered more so.

Yvette Saldana

DeKalb

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