RMU Nursing Offering Fills Need for Accessible Mental Health Care in the United States: Robert Morris University RMU Nursing Offering Fills Need for Accessible Mental Health Care in the United States | Robert Morris University


Mental illness is very common in the United States and around the world. About 1 out of 4 adults suffer from a mental disorder—nearly 60 million people in our country—with about 6 percent suffering from a serious mental illness.

Consider these statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Mood disorders, which includes depression and bipolar disorders, affects nearly 10 percent of the adult U.S. population.
  • About 40 million adults in this country have an anxiety disorder, such as a phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • ADHD affects about 4.1% American adults and 9.0% of American children age 13 to 18 years.
  • About 12 million children under the age of 18 have mental disorders.
  • About 3% of the population has more than one mental illness.

    Mental health problems that affect the U.S. and international population include:

    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Eating disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Personality disorders

    Although a large portion of the population in the United States is living with a mental disorder, many of them do not use preventative health care, which increases their risk for medical and addiction issues, and sometimes they don’t know how to access treatment or support.

    Recently, Robert Morris University received a $923,000, three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to:

    • Educate nurse practitioners to work with patients of all ages and provide them with mental health care services.
    • Triple the enrollment in the university’s child/adolescent or family mental health offering that is a hallmark of RMU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
    • Allow RMU to expand its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. These nursing professionals will be able to offer mental health services to patients without have to send them to another provider, opening up a better system of care for these patients.
    • Enhance psychiatric mental health educational experiences through simulation scenarios that will concentrate on diagnosis and management of patients with multiple chronic health conditions.

    If you are interested in learning more about RMU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences—one of only 72 nursing schools in the United States that offers a specialty in child/adolescent or family mental health—contact our admissions department today.