In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week
(October 2-8) and World Mental Health Day
(October 10), AACOM encouraged those inside and outside the osteopathic medical
education (OME) community to join in shining light on mental health and replacing stigma with hope.
AACOM’s member COMs and councils joined millions across the globe in sharing resources, sparking conversation, and raising awareness about the stark statistics of mental health.
Mental Health by the Numbers
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. Mental Health Facts in America
- Mental health affects everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Mental Health Facts: Multicultural
- A 2009 study published in Academic Medicine found that students entering medical school generally reported the same level of mental health issues as their peers, while several studies show that levels of depression and anxiety increase as the students move through medical school.
Learn more and get involved with AACOM’s online resource: Mental Health Awareness in OME.
Addressing Mental Health in Primary Care
As part of National Primary Care Week, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, hosted a webinar entitled “Addressing Mental Health in Primary Care.” Dr. Cymet discussed how mental health fits into our current system and society, its relationship to primary care, and the need for change—to manage health, comprehensive care, resources and risk, and more. “It is healthy to strive to be healthier,” he said.