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

Kellie Kreiss
2.8k votes 196 voters 2.9k 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?

list ordered by

1
136 13
Improved mental health treatment options in health plans

Source

2
123 12
Improved mental health programs for children in foster care

Source

3
105 9
Greater access to mental health programs for active-duty military members

Source

4
122 12
Ensuring mental-health conditions not qualify as 'pre-existing conditions' when applying for insurance coverage

Source

5
121 12
Greater access to mental health programs for veterans

Source

6
123 13
Improved community mental health centers

Source

7
111 13
Improved mental health rehabilitation programs in prisons

Source

8
119 16
Improved mental health education programs in schools

Source

9
108 18
Expansion of mental health programs for homeless individuals

Source

10
92 14
Greater accessibility of social services

Source

11
94 16
Improved crisis-intervention training for public officials

Source

12
84 14
Improved community outreach programs

Source

13
92 17
Greater access to subsidized medications

Source

14
80 17
Greater access to mental health support groups

Source

15
72 16
Greater access to postpartum depression support programs

Source

16
78 23
More on-site therapists at schools

Source

17
82 29
Sanctioned mental health days at work

Source

18
72 25
Improved anti-bullying campaigns

Source

19
66 23
Improved call-in crisis hotlines

Source

20
70 28
Free/subsidized therapy sessions for college students

Source

21
61 23
Increased access to mental health courts

Source

22
66 27
Improved text-in crisis hotlines

Source

23
65 32
Increased access to emotional support animals

Source

24
60 32
More comprehensive welfare programs

Source

25
59 39
Decriminalization of illegal drugs

Source

26
52 33
Improved online therapy options

Source