Ieso Digital Health Reacts to Increase in Suicide Rates, Calls for Better Access to Mental Health Care

The CDC reports suicide rates increasing in every state. More than 45,000 Americans over the age of 10 die by suicide annually and it is now the second leading cause of death in 15–34 year olds and 10th leading cause of death overall.

DALLAS, TX – (June 15th 2018): New data shows that suicide is on the rise across the US, and more than half of deaths by suicide were carried out by people with no prior mental health diagnosis.

Furthermore, the recent deaths by suicide of two high-profile celebrities serves to remind us that mental illness reaches every corner of our society. Celebrity deaths are indeed tragic and shock us, but they are also a reminder that there are millions more suffering across the world whose names we may not know.

Those who work in the mental health care profession know well that depression does not discriminate. While progress has been made in developing research-backed psychological interventions that work to treat a range of short and long-term mental illnesses, the bad news is that only a small fraction of people who need these services actually receive them.

Mental health is undoubtedly a public health concern that needs to be resourced and treated as seriously as any medical epidemic. The dual challenge of America’s growing opioid epidemic and untreated serious mental illness is having a devastating impact on communities nationwide.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, nearly 10 million adults have serious mental illness, and 20 million have a substance use disorder. Despite the massive need for treatment and recovery services, gaps in care are alarming. Nearly nine in 10 people with a substance use disorder (88%) and more than one in three people with serious mental illness (35%) did not receive treatment for their conditions.

Just as awareness of our mental health care crisis is growing, the chronic shortage of providers and regulatory hurdles mean that many people are without access to quality care.

It’s not to say progress isn’t being made - states that took aggressive policy changes, such as California’s Mental Health Services Act, resulted in significant changes in access to care, especially for many at-risk counties.

Regardless of small progress in progressive states like California, people are continuing to take their own lives and it’s not acceptable – we need to do more.

The solution is multi-faceted, inclusive of aggressive policy change, new technologies and treatments, and increased access to and training of qualified providers. Without addressing all components this public health crisis will persist.

“At Ieso Digital Health, it is our hope that governmental agencies and insurers will break down the policy and coverage barriers that slow innovation and limit access so that any individual in need can get the help they need before their moment of crisis,” says Dan Clark, CEO and President. “We advocate for a community where everyone gets access to the support they need.”

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or call 911 immediately.

For further information or to schedule an interview with Ieso Digital Health’s CEO, Dan Clark, please contact Danah Tangen, at Ieso Digital Health at d.tangen@iesohealth.com or (952) 334 3992.

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Ieso Digital Health:

• Ieso offers clinically validated, secure, one-to-one, online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs. Online CBT mirrors face-to-face therapy in that it involves real-time communication between therapist and patient in live sessions.

• Communication between the patient and therapist takes place via typing in a secure virtual therapy room. The written exchanges during therapy sessions provide a window into a patient’s mental health and word patterns can now be analyzed by the cognitive systems to augment the therapist’s work.

• Therapy is delivered by the Ieso network of licensed and credentialed providers whom are trained, monitored and supervised to ensure adherence to the clinical protocols developed by the company’s world-class clinical team.

• Ieso was recognized as one of UK’s fastest-growing technology companies in the 2017 Deloitte Fast 50 competition. Ieso was also named as a Sunday Times Disruptor to Watch and also was awarded the accolade of 2017 Digital Innovation of the year in the UK Digital Experience awards.

• Headquartered from Dallas, TX, Ieso Digital Health is the leading provider of CBT in Europe, and is available to U.S. health plans, military, employers and other payers. For more information, visit www.iesohealth.com.

Published 15 Jun 2018