Research suggests that investing in health interventions is profitable, with a return on investment of $4 for every $1 spent. Depression stands as the primary cause of disability on a global scale, exerting a significant economic burden. Additionally, in the United States alone, the cost of medication and treatment nonadherence amounts to a staggering $290 billion each year in healthcare expenditures. These statistics highlight the urgent need for prioritizing healthcare investments and allocating resources to teaching everyone the ‘how’ to hope is key.

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Higher levels of hope are linked to:

Reduced risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease

Reduced recovery times following an injury.

Improved sleep

Suicide prevention

Reduced Risky behaviors (i.e., substance use, reckless driving, unprotected sex).

Protection against mental illness, including depression

Greater resilience against stress

Hope provides individuals with the strength and resilience to face and overcome challenges. In healthcare, patients often experience setbacks, complications, or chronic conditions. However, hope equips people with the skills necessary to take control of their health and develop trusting relationships with their providers through effective communication.

The absence of hope, or hopelessness, has multiple grave adverse consequences, such as:

Unintentional Injury

Chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer; hopelessness is a predictor independent of depression and other common risk factors2

Reduced care for oneself during an illness, resulting in higher risk of comorbid conditions (e.g., obesity, functional impairment, substance misuse, etc.)

Poor prognosis with individuals diagnosed with diabetes

Chronic pain and back pain

Depression and anxiety; hopelessness is a primary symptom for both

48% of Americans reported feeling hopeless since COVID-19

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