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

List RulesVote 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?

  • 1
    119
    11

    Improved mental health treatment options in health plans

  • 2
    107
    10

    Improved mental health programs for children in foster care

  • 3
    106
    10

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

  • 4
    104
    10

    Greater access to mental health programs for veterans

  • 5
    90
    8

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

  • 6
    109
    11

    Improved community mental health centers

  • 7
    96
    11

    Improved mental health rehabilitation programs in prisons

  • 8
    103
    14

    Improved mental health education programs in schools

  • 9
    93
    15

    Expansion of mental health programs for homeless individuals

  • 10
    79
    12

    Greater accessibility of social services

  • 11
    82
    14

    Improved crisis-intervention training for public officials

  • 12
    73
    12

    Improved community outreach programs

  • 13
    79
    15

    Greater access to subsidized medications

  • 14
    70
    15

    Greater access to mental health support groups

  • 15
    62
    14

    Greater access to postpartum depression support programs

  • 16
    67
    20

    More on-site therapists at schools

  • 17
    62
    21

    Improved anti-bullying campaigns

  • 18
    70
    25

    Sanctioned mental health days at work

  • 19
    57
    20

    Improved call-in crisis hotlines

  • 20
    52
    20

    Increased access to mental health courts

  • 21
    60
    24

    Free/subsidized therapy sessions for college students

  • 22
    57
    23

    Improved text-in crisis hotlines

  • 23
    56
    27

    Increased access to emotional support animals

  • 24
    51
    27

    More comprehensive welfare programs

  • 25
    45
    28

    Improved online therapy options