With the current healthcare bill occupying the national debate, #mental health is an issue that is often neglected when discussing healthcare. It is a lucrative business for the pharmaceutical industry with millions of Americans consuming billions of pills to treat what are largely mental conditions.

Consumers have many options available to deal with mental stress issues including exercise, as well as a new app developed to help conveniently connect consumers with mental health resources and services.

The sobering truth about mental health in the United States

The Huffington Post reported ten mental health stats they say demonstrates the need for more attention on the dealing with mental issues.

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Some of the statistics cited included that there are currently 300 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. In any given year, one in five Americans may be diagnosed as having a mental illness.

Statistics for young people are even worse when six out of 10 teens who suffer from depression won't receive any treatment. Almost 10 percent of those who used medications to treat mental conditions didn't have the money to pay for the medication, and an equal percentage were unable to afford the services of a counselor or other healthcare provider. Only 25 percent feel that they have caring and supportive people in their lives.

Options for the consumer in the mental health debate

Fortune reported that businesses could be creative in their approach to providing assistance to their employees who are struggling with mental health issues.

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One option is an app developed by Talkspace. LAIKA, a film studio responsible for movies like 'Coraline' and 'Kubo,' teamed up with Talkspace.

Talkspace offers online therapy with licensed practitioners at a reduced cost for users. That means that app users can get therapy at a price that's more affordable and allows them to get the help they need. This is good news for business since a 2013 Gallup poll showed that businesses lose about $23 billion a year in productivity.

The Journal News reported on the benefits of exercise for mental health patients. Focusing on the mind and body connection allows patients to reduce their anxiety or depression when they exercise. Exercise increases serotonin in the brain, a chemical that helps with mood balance.

Some of the activities that can be used to help patients improve their mental health include aerobics, which strengthens the heart and lungs, while exercises to improve balance, flexibility, and strength may also help. Meditation and the practice of mindfulness can also help in relieving stress, which may contribute to mental issues.

Playing video games may also contribute to better social and mental health too. #Mental Health Options #mental health statistics