The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) 2023 Stress in America™ survey reveals a paradox in mental health self-perception: a majority of adults view their mental health positively, yet a significant portion also report chronic mental health conditions. This disparity signals a gap in effective stress management techniques.
Key findings from the APA survey include that 81% of adults believe they have good or better mental health, but over a third have a diagnosed mental health condition. Anxiety and depression are the most common issues. This data points to a probable underestimation of stress levels or the impacts of mental health conditions.
Alarmingly, 67% of individuals tend to minimize their stress, believing their issues aren't serious enough for concern. Additionally, 62% avoid discussing their stress to not burden others, and nearly half express a desire for more support in managing stress. These findings highlight the importance of creating supportive environments for learning and applying effective stress management techniques.
TheraHive’s Skills Group Program is designed to meet these needs by providing a supportive community and practical skills for managing stress and improving mental well-being. Here’s how our program aligns with the APA survey findings:
- Recognizing and Validating Stress: We help participants acknowledge their stress levels, an essential step for effective management, addressing the common issue of stress underestimation.
- Teaching Practical Coping Skills: Our program offers skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is evidence-based and effective in managing emotional and psychological stress.
- Fostering a Supportive Community: With our program, participants find a community that understands and shares similar experiences, addressing the APA finding that many hesitate to discuss stress for fear of burdening others.
- Encouraging Personal Empowerment: Participants take proactive steps towards self-care and empowerment, which are vital for mental health resilience.
- Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Acknowledging the varied sources of stress, including discrimination and personal safety concerns, our program provides a safe, inclusive space for all.
Objectively Explore Your Stress Levels with the DASS-21
The DASS-21 (Depression Anxiety Stress Scales - 21 Items) is a psychological assessment tool designed to measure the emotional states of depression, anxiety, and stress. The DASS-21 has 21 questions, divided into three self-report scales, each containing seven items. Each scale is intended to assess a specific aspect: depression, anxiety, or stress. You can espond to each item based on your experiences over the past week.
In light of the APA’s survey, TheraHive’s Group Skills Program offers an effective pathway to address these widespread challenges. We invite you to join us in learning, growing, and thriving amidst life’s stresses, contributing to a healthier and more resilient community.