Mental Health Awareness Month

A time for the nation to recognize and address the importance of mental well-being, impacting every U.S. community.

Mental Health Awareness Month | Week 4

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"The Most … Simple Way That We Can Save a Life"

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"The Most … Simple Way That We Can Save a Life"

Health care providers can play a critical role in identifying people at risk for suicide and connecting them to the care they need. A new video from The Pew Charitable Trusts looks at how universal screening for suicide risk helps ensure that more people get essential help.

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A Fresh Approach to Crisis Response

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A Fresh Approach to Crisis Response

New efforts in Texas diffuse potentially volatile situations and provide care to those in need.

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Telehealth Is Critical to Boosting Addiction Care

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Telehealth Is Critical to Boosting Addiction Care

During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote prescribing of buprenorphine—an FDA-approved medication for opioid use disorder (OUD)—dramatically reduced barriers to lifesaving treatment for many individuals, including those living in rural areas, racial and ethnic minorities, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and those with criminal justice system involvement.

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A person in silhouette looks upward at a cloud with sunlight breaking against it.
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"Open conversations about the [mental health] struggles faced by families and communities are becoming more commonplace, as are stories of recovery."

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"Open conversations about the [mental health] struggles faced by families and communities are becoming more commonplace, as are stories of recovery."

In the United States today, the weight of mental health challenges looms large. During the Activate 2023 conference last fall hosted by Mindful Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing high-impact funding of mental health, presenters shared alarming statistics that underscore the urgency of addressing mental health issues.

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80% | The share of rural U.S. counties that don't have a psychiatrist. Greater telehealth access could help reduce that figure.

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80% | The share of rural U.S. counties that don't have a psychiatrist. Greater telehealth access could help reduce that figure.

Recent data shows that Americans across different racial, ethnic, and demographic groups are disproportionately grappling with mental illness and behavioral health needs—and have lower levels of access to culturally competent care and resources.

We hope you've found our Mental Health Awareness Month email series insightful so far. In this final edition, we break down several solutions shown to help:

Boost access to treatment, reduce stigma, and save lives.

People in America have long grappled with mental health conditions and substance use, and for many individuals, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these issues. The numbers are stark: In 2021, nearly 1 in 4 adults had a mental illness; nearly 1 in 3 adults had a substance use disorder or mental illness; and more than 12 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide.

The Pew Charitable Trusts conducts research and supports policies to improve behavioral health in America, including increasing access to medications for opioid use disorder, making suicide screening a routine part of health care delivery, and improving crisis care in communities so people in distress can have access to health-focused treatment instead of the first response coming from law enforcement.

Mental Health Awareness Month | Week 4

Article

"The Most … Simple Way That We Can Save a Life"

Quick View
Article

"The Most … Simple Way That We Can Save a Life"

Health care providers can play a critical role in identifying people at risk for suicide and connecting them to the care they need. A new video from The Pew Charitable Trusts looks at how universal screening for suicide risk helps ensure that more people get essential help.

Trust Magazine

A Fresh Approach to Crisis Response

Quick View
Trust Magazine

A Fresh Approach to Crisis Response

New efforts in Texas diffuse potentially volatile situations and provide care to those in need.

A person stands in front of a bright window holding a cell phone up to their ear.
A person stands in front of a bright window holding a cell phone up to their ear.
Article

Telehealth Is Critical to Boosting Addiction Care

Quick View
Article

Telehealth Is Critical to Boosting Addiction Care

During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote prescribing of buprenorphine—an FDA-approved medication for opioid use disorder (OUD)—dramatically reduced barriers to lifesaving treatment for many individuals, including those living in rural areas, racial and ethnic minorities, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and those with criminal justice system involvement.

A person in silhouette looks upward at a cloud with sunlight breaking against it.
A person in silhouette looks upward at a cloud with sunlight breaking against it.
Article

"Open conversations about the [mental health] struggles faced by families and communities are becoming more commonplace, as are stories of recovery."

Quick View
Article

"Open conversations about the [mental health] struggles faced by families and communities are becoming more commonplace, as are stories of recovery."

In the United States today, the weight of mental health challenges looms large. During the Activate 2023 conference last fall hosted by Mindful Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing high-impact funding of mental health, presenters shared alarming statistics that underscore the urgency of addressing mental health issues.

Data Visualization

80% | The share of rural U.S. counties that don't have a psychiatrist. Greater telehealth access could help reduce that figure.

Quick View
Data Visualization

80% | The share of rural U.S. counties that don't have a psychiatrist. Greater telehealth access could help reduce that figure.

Recent data shows that Americans across different racial, ethnic, and demographic groups are disproportionately grappling with mental illness and behavioral health needs—and have lower levels of access to culturally competent care and resources.

We hope you've found our Mental Health Awareness Month email series insightful so far. In this final edition, we break down several solutions shown to help:

Boost access to treatment, reduce stigma, and save lives.

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