RICHMOND, Va. -A recently released national health ranking report reveals that Virginia ranks 38th in terms of the number of health providers available.
The UnitedHealthcare report also ranks the Commonwealth as 8th in the country for times of chronic mental distress.
Suzanne Perkins is the national assistance vice president of health engagement strategies for UnitedHealthcare. He described mental distress as the percentage of adults who reported their mental health was poor 14 or more days in the past 30 days.
“When we look at Virginia and how good all of you are there, I also start to think about things that have to do with constant mental distress like physical difficulty, physical inactivity, even inactivity. food security, to name a few, ”Perkins explains. “Virginia is better than many other states in those categories, and has even improved in those areas over the past few years.”
May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month.
Virginia residents enjoy a small percentage of households with food insecurity and a low prevalence of chronic physical distress, according to the rankings.
The report highlights some of the challenges in our state such as low per capita public health funding, high prevalence of sleep deprivation and low supply of mental health providers.
CBS 6 reported burnout within the healthcare industry, particularly among doctors and nurses. Those professionals report being overweight and leaving the industry largely because of job stresses.
Perkins said counselors and mental health providers are not immune to job challenges.
Think the struggles you’ve heard around burnout among healthcare providers are real, he said.
“A lot of what we want to inspire people to do is we try to do ourselves,” Perkins said. “Self-care is a big part of that and taking care of yourself. It may take time to recharge. For some people walking outside, standing outside has a sun. on their face for a few minutes or spend a few minutes with their children.
Don’t wait to seek help if you experience a mental health crisis or emergency. Help if you feel overwhelmed, sad, worried, or upset.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.