Today we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001.
In honor of those lives, we are highlighting the current state of emotional and mental health support in the United States.
The total of those killed by the attacks on 9/11/01 comes in at 2,996.
If all of those people only had 10 loved ones and friends, that leaves almost 30,000 people grieving a tragic loss.
More realistically, if each those people had 30 loved ones and friends, that leaves just under 90,000 people grieving the loss of someone.
That's a lot of people carrying a really heavy tragedy.
The truth is, we have no idea how many people were not only affected by the physical aftermath of the twin towers collapse and the pentagon explosion or how many people are living, untreated, with the mental and emotional toll of that day.
In 2014, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act established that mental health services cannot be limited by dollar amount more than any medical or surgical service.
That's a fancy way of saying that starting in 2014, mental health and addiction services became more affordable and more available to anyone with any major (and most small/private) insurance provider(s).
It's estimated that about 35-50% of the United States population now seeks professional help for mental health services, which is a HUGE improvement compared to years prior. Here's why:
In recent years, many popular TV shows and celebrities have normalized seeking mental health help. While it seems cliché, this has actually taken a lot of stigma out of getting help.
When you relate to someone, your brain makes a connection with that person and assigns a thought or feeling to that person/thing/connection.
So when you see celebrities you look up to going to counseling to save their marriage or going to rehab so that they can live a better life, you are more likely to have a more positive outlook associated with the act of going to counseling or to rehab simply because you respect and admire the person who did it before you.
Monkey see, monkey do actually has a pretty solid scientific standing.
While this is very good news,