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Poll: 93% believe mental health system needs to change

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Satch­er-Kennedy: How to fix the men­tal health sys­tem (USA Today):

…an over­whelm­ing major­i­ty (96%) of the pub­lic agrees that men­tal health con­di­tions, such as depres­sion, anx­i­ety and alco­hol or drug abuse are seri­ous pub­lic health prob­lems, accord­ing to a new poll by Pub­lic Opin­ion Strate­gies. Almost as many (93%) believe that the cur­rent way we are han­dling men­tal health needs to change…

Fifty-two years ago this week, Pres­i­dent John Kennedy gave a spe­cial address to Con­gress on men­tal health, a major step toward remov­ing the stig­ma that con­tin­ues to sur­round brain dis­eases.

Today, we have more poten­tial to solve the cri­sis in men­tal health, and care for our loved ones strug­gling with men­tal ill­ness and addic­tions, than ever before. Even so, we are still far away from where we ought to be.

That is why we are announc­ing a part­ner­ship between the Kennedy Forum and More­house School of Med­i­cine that will ful­fill Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s vision of ensur­ing the best pos­si­ble men­tal well-being for every Amer­i­can. Here is how we will get there…”

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