Society continues to grapple with the challenges that people with mental health issues face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five Americans experience mental health problems.
There are many factors contributing to our society’s struggle with mental illness. The lingering uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the climate crisis and the struggles of daily living are all contributing factors to the dramatic rise of mental health issues in the United States.
As part of our “Deep Look” series, a panel of experts from UC San Diego’s School of Biological Sciences explores various facets of the mental health crisis, from college campuses to underserved communities and international perspectives.
Through conversations like these, the stigma surrounding mental health issues can be addressed, providing more open and flexible environments to confront a major health crisis that impacts everyday lives.