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Barriers to Mental Health

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Christianne is in the studio with Tonya Elliot-Walker, clinical director for the University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus Counseling Skills Center, talking about mental health and the different barriers people face.

According to a 2015 University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences survey, two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. adults cite personal experience dealing with mental health issues. However, this same survey found 42 percent of Americans who seek counseling experience barriers or obstacles to care. Top barriers according to U.S. adults include:

  •  Financial limitations (68 percent)
  •  Uncertainty regarding effectiveness of counseling (32 percent)
  •  Access to health insurance coverage (32 percent)
  •  Social stigma (31 percent)
  •  Reluctance to face problems (29 percent)