DR KENT: May is Mental Health Month



IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE / Policy Statement: Medical Executive-Post

Date Line: May 26, 2023

Contact: http://www.ElectDrKent.com

May is Mental Health Month and we have to be acutely aware of the seen and unseen symptoms of related disorders. We need access to mental health care providers to foster appropriate treatment.  Whether it is post traumatic stress disorder from a non consensual encounter, clinical depression from isolation, or the stress of everyday living, urgent and long term care is needed. Also, normalizing it in terms of the prevalence of mental health issues and ranges in the way mental health needs surface is vital. Trying to help people to not feel alone, or engage in self critical thinking for their own mental health needs is paramount. There is still much stigma around mental health issues. Getting more information is one part of the solution equation – education can help with this change by decreasing one’s internal barriers around seeking care. 

Access to resources and services is another issue with different meanings to those addressed and their situation. There are too many barriers to accessing mental health care services. And, the idea that mental health is an important part of physical health in general, as well as the quality of life, must be accentuated.


  • Federal Regulations — The United States healthcare system is guided by programs such as those established under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (in the case of county mental health programs, Medicaid is especially important), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and others.
  • State Regulations — These include general legislative guidelines, state management of benefits and reimbursement of the Medicaid program, and state allocations of budgets, which impact the centers’ operations.
  • County Regulations — Each county defines its own County Mental Health Program and decides which services will be provided or excluded.

We need to do our part and recognize the importance of mental health care.

Finally, by way of contemporary breaking news and all accounts, America’s youth are currently experiencing a mental health Social Media crisis. For example:

  • The number of teens and young adults with clinical depression doubled between 2011 and 2021, according to San Diego State University psychology professor Dr. Jean Twenge.
  • In 2021, the CDC found that nearly 25% of teenage girls had made a suicide plan.

So, we must remain vigilant on these, and related mental health emerging issues.


NOTE: The Illinois’s 11th Congressional District is in the State of Illinois. It includes parts of Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Kane, and Will counties, and covers the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, as well as some rural areas. Regardless of your congressional district, affiliation and/or U.S. state, DR. KENT MERCADO JD is a political centrist and surely a rising new national star.



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