New survey results show 18% of people don’t pursue mental health or wellness care

In a recent survey across the US, Canada and Europe, conducted by MetaBrain Labs, 18.2% of people reported that they do not use any type of service or tool such as therapy, speaking with coaches or mentors, practicing mindfulness or meditation or any type of wellness or mindfulness app or technology. 

Here’s some facts about the data from this survey:

  • Mindfulness and mediation is the tool most used by people at 58.40%.
  • 49.8% of people have used therapy, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. 
  • 53.21% of women have used a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist, while 63.64% of men have used a coach or mentor when addressing emotional or mental struggles. 
  • People in the US (47.7%) are nearly 2.5 times as likely to see a therapist compared to those in Canada (18.8%). 33.3% of people in the UK reported seeing a licensed therapist.

Why are nearly 20% of people not accessing any type of mental healthcare? 

“There are many reasons why people are not accessing any type of mental healthcare. Budget constraints, time constraints or stigma surrounding mental help can all contribute to people not getting care that they may need or benefit from. Another major potential reason lies in people not knowing what type of resources are available to them. When more options are readily available, more people will be able to learn and see what works for them. It’s important to recognize that mental well-being isn’t one-size-fits-all. By diversifying and publicizing the options available, we can empower individuals to explore and discover the therapeutic paths that resonate most with their unique needs. Only then can we truly say that everyone has an equitable chance to find and embrace the mental healthcare solutions that can transform their lives,” explains Alexandrea Day, Founder & CEO of MetaBrain Labs.

Solutions like MetaBrain Labs and MetaBrain Self can help more people access and benefit by restructuring their mindsets to improve their lives.

The democratization of mental health care solutions is crucial in today’s high-stress, high-paced world. With an alarming almost 20% of the surveyed population not accessing any form of mental healthcare, there is an evident gap that needs to be addressed. Such a void, if left unattended, could lead to an escalating number of mental health issues which would not only affect individuals but the society at large. With the rise in technological advancements, especially in the neurotech sector, the opportunity to democratize access to effective and tailored solutions has never been more prominent.

However, it’s not just about access, but also about ensuring the quality of solutions being offered. A crucial factor in this equation is the integration of cutting-edge technology with time-tested therapeutic methods. As MetaBrain Labs is showing, the merging of Brain-Computer Interface technology with techniques like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy promises an integrated and scientifically-backed approach, effectively catering to individual needs. Such a combination ensures that individuals not only receive care but receive care that’s tailored to their unique cognitive patterns and challenges.

In addition to technology and therapeutic methods, there’s an undeniable need for awareness and education. Many, as the data suggests, may be unaware of the variety of tools and resources available to them. 

The findings from MetaBrain Labs’ survey shed light on the current state of mental healthcare utilization across the US, Canada, and Europe, highlighting areas of disparity and potential for growth. The significant percentage of people not accessing any form of mental healthcare underscores the possible need for increased awareness, accessibility, and destigmatization of mental health services. By continuing to diversify and publicize the range of available options, and addressing the underlying societal and systemic barriers, we can move closer to a world where comprehensive mental healthcare is accessible and acceptable to all.

The role of community and societal support cannot be understated. Mental health care shouldn’t be an isolated journey; instead, it should be a communal effort where individuals feel supported and understood by their peers and the larger community. Incorporating community-based initiatives, promoting mental health literacy, and creating platforms for shared experiences can go a long way in alleviating the burden of stigma. As we push for technological and therapeutic advancements, we must also champion a culture of empathy, inclusivity, and understanding, where seeking help is seen not as a sign of weakness but as an act of self-awareness and strength. Only by addressing these multi-dimensional aspects can we ensure a holistic approach to mental health care for everyone.