over 50 million Americans
22.8% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2021. That's the equivalent to 57.8 million people and represents 1 in 5 adults. Almost a third of all adults with a mental illness reported that they were not able to receive the treatment they needed and 42% of adults reported they were unable to receive necessary care because they could not afford it.
Mental health and wellness shouldn't be a wealth issue.
Americans spend about $30.2 billion yearly out-of-pocket on complementary health products and practices. Data show that 33 percent of adults and almost 12 percent of children use complementary health approaches.
$14.7 billion out-of-pocket for visits to complementary and integrative health practitioners such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists
$12.8 billion out-of-pocket on natural products
About $2.7 billion on self-care approaches (homeopathic medicines and self-help materials, such as books or CDs, related to complementary health topics).
This out-of-pocket spending for complementary health approaches represents 9.2 percent of all out-of-pocket spending by Americans on health care ($328.8 billion) and 1.1 percent of total health care spending ($2.82 trillion).
At Project Healing Hive, we're committed to building community support systems that helps people achieve lasting mental health and wellness. Our Pay It Forward structure calls for community accountability and responsibility to take action and make a difference in the lives of others.
what is CAM?
(complementary and alternative medicine)
Complementary medicine is used along with standard medical treatment but is not considered by itself to be standard treatment. Alternative medicine is used instead of standard medical treatment. One example is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of cancer drugs that are prescribed by an oncologist.
A few examples of CAM:
meditation: focused breathing or repetition of words or phrases to quiet the mind and lessen stressful thoughts and feelings.
yoga: ancient system of practices used to balance the mind and body through stretches and poses, meditation, and controlled breathing.
tai chi: a form of gentle exercise and meditation that uses slow sets of body movements and controlled breathing.
creative outlets: art, music, or dance.
Project Healing Hive integrates CAM creating a "whole person health" approach to mental health and wellness. Whole person health or holistic refers to helping individuals, families, communities, and populations improve and restore their health in multiple interconnected domains—biological, behavioral, social, environmental—rather than just treating disease. Research on whole person health includes expanding the understanding of the connections between these various aspects of health, including connections between organs and body systems.
Current standard model care for mental health and overall wellness does not typically include complementary (CAM) therapies. Even though proven to be effective they still are not covered by state or private insurances. Yet CAM therapies are accessible to those with expendable income. Leaving out those who have been statistically shown to benefit most from CAM therapies.
Project Healing Hive is a grassroots organization founded in 2019. Our mission is to improve access to evidence-based CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) for overall health and mental wellness through research and development, advocacy, and community-based services.
Our goal is to create systemic change in how we treat mental, physical, and spiritual health by creating sustainable trauma informed systems that provide access to community-based mental health resources that include holistic and complementary therapies. Integrative holistic health and wellness is based on the philosophy of working with the whole person and recognizing the contextual factors that influence health and wellness. Holistic and complementary therapies continue to evolve and are supported by contemporary health sciences and their efficacy is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of their value as therapeutic benefits.
“We must first create systems that address and change the accessibility to mental health and holistic wellness options”.
Kristen Morris, PHH Founder