political news Which Government Programs Could Best Improve The US's Mental-Health Crisis?  

Kellie Kreiss
June 8, 2018 677 votes 50 voters 1.2k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up the programs that you would most like to see implemented in your own community; vote down those that you don't think would help.

Health care in the United States has long been a hotly debated topic - yet, when it comes to mental health care, the conversation quickly goes quiet. With rates of depression and suicide steadily increasing alongside instances of gun violence, the national conversation around mental health is only becoming more essential. 

In fact, according to the CDC, nearly 45,000 people died as a result of suicide in 2017 alone, and what's all the more troubling is that in many of those cases the individuals had not been previously diagnosed with a mental health condition. With mental health concerns finding themselves at the forefront of numerous social debates, it has become evident that this is a crisis that can no longer be put on the back burner by elected officials and policy makers.

So, this raises the question: what is the root of this mental health crisis, and, better yet, what can elected officials and community organizations do to better support individuals in need, and help provide care before it is too late? 

Which programs do you think could provide the greatest aid to individuals in crisis, and have the potential to make a positive, long-term impact on the mental health of individuals across the nation?

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Improved mental health treatment options in health plans

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2
30 2
Improved community mental health centers

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3
29 2
Improved mental health programs for children in foster care

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4
28 2
Expansion of mental health programs for homeless individuals

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5
26 2
Ensuring mental-health conditions not qualify as 'pre-existing conditions' when applying for insurance coverage

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30 3
Improved mental health education programs in schools

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7
22 2
Improved crisis-intervention training for public officials

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8
26 3
Greater access to mental health programs for active-duty military members

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9
21 2
Greater access to mental health support groups

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10
20 2
Improved community outreach programs

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11
19 2
Greater accessibility of social services

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12
29 5
Greater access to mental health programs for veterans

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25 4
Greater access to subsidized medications

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14
23 4
Sanctioned mental health days at work

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15
24 5
Improved mental health rehabilitation programs in prisons

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16
18 3
Increased access to mental health courts

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17
19 5
Improved call-in crisis hotlines

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17 4
More on-site therapists at schools

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19
16 4
Greater access to postpartum depression support programs

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20
18 6
Free/subsidized therapy sessions for college students

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21
17 6
Improved anti-bullying campaigns

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22
18 7
More comprehensive welfare programs

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23
17 8
Improved text-in crisis hotlines

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24
16 9
Increased access to emotional support animals

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25
16 9
Decriminalization of illegal drugs

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10 8
Improved online therapy options

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