How Can Mental Health Experts Be So Blind?

See this tweet? I hope you can see this tweet. I want you to see that photo. The person in it is representative of their market, young and privileged:

It’s by @Mental_Elf. Their description reads, “Evidence-based #MentalHealth research: summarised by experts.” This is the article it links to: Blended psychotherapy: barriers and facilitators identified by psychotherapists.

One barrier they didn’t mention:

Over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure — living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($29,425 per year for a single person). These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss.
Economic Security for Seniors Facts, National Council on Aging

The old, the frail, the sick, the disabled, people with limited incomes and inadequate housing and transportation … don’t use apps and “online modules”. They don’t so much access traditional psychotherapy either. I wouldn’t have paid much attention to this except the authors are people in the field, “experts”. How can experts be so blind?

It seems the mental health field suffers the same problem as the nutrition field, both ignore the needs of millions of Americans who desperately need their focus but who are invisible.

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