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

Kellie Kreiss
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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

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

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

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

5
121 12
Greater access to mental health programs for veterans

6
123 13
Improved community mental health centers

7
111 13
Improved mental health rehabilitation programs in prisons

8
119 16
Improved mental health education programs in schools

9
108 18
Expansion of mental health programs for homeless individuals

10
92 14
Greater accessibility of social services

11
94 16
Improved crisis-intervention training for public officials

12
84 14
Improved community outreach programs

13
92 17
Greater access to subsidized medications

14
80 17
Greater access to mental health support groups

15
72 16
Greater access to postpartum depression support programs

16
78 23
More on-site therapists at schools

17
82 29
Sanctioned mental health days at work

18
72 25
Improved anti-bullying campaigns

19
66 23
Improved call-in crisis hotlines

20
70 28
Free/subsidized therapy sessions for college students

21
61 23
Increased access to mental health courts

22
66 27
Improved text-in crisis hotlines

23
65 32
Increased access to emotional support animals

24
60 32
More comprehensive welfare programs

25
59 39
Decriminalization of illegal drugs