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Specific Health Policy
· What policy have you chosen to advocate for?
· Is it a current bill or one you are proposing?
· Why did you choose this policy?
The health policy to advocate for is the provision of early identification and intervention services for depression among young adults. This is a proposed bill, not a current one.
The reason behind the formation of this bill is that most young people are have experienced depression at one point or the other either due to poor finances, relationships, loneliness, the pressure to succeed, sexuality and drug and substance abuse. According to Van Zoonen et al. (2014), major depression was ranked fourth as a determinant for the human disease burden in 1990 and is expected to climb to the second rank by 2020. It is therefore essential to deal with depression among young adults who still have a long way ahead of them Preventing Adolescent Depression Sample.
Plan to Effect Health Policy
· What is your strategy?
· How do you intend to exert influence to effect health policy?
The main strategy is to use media interventions and lobbying to effect the proposed policy. Bou-Karroum et al. (2017) state that planned media interventions, particularly social media interventions, play a significant role in the influencing of health policies. Mental health organizations and politicians such as state senators can also play a role in the lobbying of the health policy.
To ensure that the public is aware of the interventions proposed by the policy, it would be necessary to prepare a list of effective intervention including individual-based, school-based, and community-based interventions. Other forms of intervention such as online and social networking interventions based on credible evidence will be included to ensure that the aim of the policy has been adequately communicated to interested parties. The evidence will then be used to garner support for the health policy among mental health organizations such as the National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health America, and politicians such as state senators and congressmen. It would also be necessary to gain as much political support as possible to make the policymaking process easier. More support will be sought from young adults, primarily through social media platforms since they would benefit the most from the implementation of the policy. Social media platforms can be used to inform, persuade, and motivate young adults, young professionals, and policymakers on the need for early intervention for young adults suffering from depression.
Identified Client, Community, or Global Society
· What individual or group are you advocating on behalf of?
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The health policy is meant to advocate for depression intervention among young adults in the country. Young adults, in this case, refer to any individual between ages 16 to 24.
Del Vecchio (2018) states that mental health issues often begin when an individual is young, and it is essential to identify them and get early intervention in order to give room for long lasting and successful recovery. If depression is left untreated, the result is usually long-term health problems that could continue for the rest of the life of the young adult. According to Välimäki, Anttila, Anttila & Lahti (2017), Depression has severe impacts on the mental health of young people. Most of them do not seek professional help. Instead, they try to cope on their own Preventing Adolescent Depression Sample. Depression is associated with significant present and future morbidity, and an increased rate of suicide among young adults. The most common risk factors for depression among young adults is exposure to psychosocial stress and a history of depression from immediate family members. It is critical to ensure that young adults can easily access counseling and therapeutic interventions that would help them deal with depression.
Bou-Karroum, L., El-Jardali, F., Hemadi, N., Faraj, Y., Ojha, U., & Shahrour, M. et al. (2017). Using media to impact health policy-making: an integrative systematic review. Implementation Science, 12(1). Doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0581-0
Del Vecchio, P. (2018). The Good News about Preventing Adolescent Depression. Prevention Science, 19(S1), 112-114. Doi: 10.1007/s11121-017-0860-7
Välimäki, M., Anttila, K., Anttila, M., & Lahti, M. (2017). Web-Based Interventions Supporting Adolescents and Young People with Depressive Symptoms: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth, 5(12), e180. Doi: 10.2196/mhealth.8624
Van Zoonen, K., Buntrock, C., Ebert, D., Smit, F., Reynolds, C., Beekman, A., & Cuijpers, P. (2014). Preventing the onset of major depressive disorder: A meta-analytic review of psychological interventions. International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(2), 318-329. Doi: 10.1093/ije/dyt175 Preventing Adolescent Depression Sample.
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