Why is it that nearly every “Wellness Program” available today is so slanted toward fitness and nutrition and few, if any, truly address the mental and emotional components of health? I would venture to say the answer to this question is quite simple; nobody has thought of a worthwhile program that can address mental and emotional health.
Fitness and nutrition programs are easy to create because our society has a bias toward the physical. Even allopathic medicine is completely unbalanced toward physical health with the exception of psychiatry. What makes this even more difficult is that our society negatively stigmatizes anyone who is having a mental or emotional issue.
Unfortunately, the prevalence of mental and emotional issues is far greater than anyone cares to acknowledge except the myriad of professionals (e.g. counselors, therapists, psychologists, etc.) working in this ever growing and increasingly “shamed” industry. Taking a brief look at the numbers, 21 million Americans suffer from depression alone which results in $31 billion in lost productivity per year, 30,000 suicides per year and the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and it often begins with depression
To give mental and emotional health a little perspective, the spinal implant industry is only $8 billion worldwide and WE ALL know someone with back issues, right?
So why isn’t anyone initiating any good programs for mental and emotional health and why does everyone continue to focus on the symptoms like depression, suicide, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, obesity and the like?
Well, I’ll tell you why… I have a theory that the lack of “real connection” is the root cause and until we improve our relationships and take time for each other the problems will only get worse.
So, stay tuned for future posts and more details about the power and need for connection. In the meantime, start building stronger relationships in your family by using a very cool website called FamilyeJournal.com
. FamilyeJournal IS a simple program that addresses mental and emotional health at its core.