Taking Prevention Seriously
By Bart Magee, Ph.D.
It’s not news that investments in preventive health methods pay off exponentially. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Certainly one of the truest of your grandmother’s sayings. Why then is prevention not taken seriously? We barely manage to consider mental wellness in general healthcare and fail miserably in mental health. I’d like to dig into some of the reasons for this failing and propose some solutions. With a growing epidemic of mental illness (more about that below) and all of the problems related to it―suicide, schools shootings, homelessness―we urgently need to get our act together. The solutions are available and wouldn’t be costly to implement.