Depression and mental health are huge issues plaguing our society both locally and nationally. According to the World Health Organization, “Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, it is estimated that 5% of adults suffer from the disorder. It is characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities.” According to a study commissioned by CEUfast South Carolina has one of the most depressed cities in the United States.
CEUfast is an accredited continuing education program for nursing professionals. To conduct this study, researchers at CEUfast.com analyzed numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the most depressed cities in the United States. The data used is based on the number of residents who have been diagnosed with a form of depression. They went on to say that approximately 40 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorders. And unfortunately with the prevalence of social media teenagers and even children are experiencing these illnesses at an alarming rate.
And while as a society we have made great strides in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, we still have a ways to go. Discussions are more prevalent but access to resources still needs significant attention.