Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in our country and costs Americans $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year . Many of the one in five Americans who live with a mental health condition recover, work, have families and lead full lives. But others face delays in diagnosis or have complex or treatment-resistant conditions that do not respond to available treatments.
Mental health care needs to be integrated into primary care settings to increase early intervention. Additionally, innovative treatments, better diagnostics and better use of technology are needed to improve outcomes for people with mental illness.
Do your candidates promote innovation in mental health research and care?
To find out where your candidate stands, ask them:
- How will you promote innovation and use of technology in mental health care?
- What will you do to increase integration of mental health care into primary care settings?
- How will you accelerate mental health research?
A mental health champion who promotes innovation would support:
- Increasing funding for the National Institute of Mental Health to accelerate research and improve the understanding, diagnosing and treatment of mental health conditions (applies to candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives)
- Promoting use of technology, such as tele-mental health care to improve access to treatment
- Integrating mental health care into primary care to increase early identification and treatment of mental health conditions for children and young adults
Suggested Facebook post:
About 1 in 5 people have a mental health condition in the U.S. Yet, many face delays in diagnosis or have treatment-resistant conditions. This year, vote for mental health champions that will work to promote innovation in mental health research and treatment. #Vote4MentalHealth www.nami.org/Vote4MentalHealth