Content warning: This story discusses suicide, self-harm, drug use, abuse, and death. If you are in crisis and need help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1(800) 273–8255 or text HOME to 741–741.

Suicide is one of those things no one ever wants to talk about — but that’s exactly why we need to.

As a young Latino man, I heard all my life that I need to “suck it up” and “be a man” no matter how hard or traumatic things get. When I was young, I was sexually abused at the hand of a relative. At the age…


By Alex Dinkel, Mental Health for US

It’s summertime during an election year, which can only mean one thing — it’s presidential nominating convention season!

If you’re anything like me, you’re waiting with bated breath for the start of the 2020 conventions. If not, you may be asking yourself, “What the heck is a presidential nominating convention?”

Well, I’m so glad you asked. Over the last six months, voters across the country have been participating in a series of primary and caucus elections, casting their vote for who they’d like to be their party’s nominee for president. …


May is Mental Health Month — 31 days dedicated to raising awareness for, and breaking down stigma against, the tens of millions of Americans who will experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

Throughout the month, we have shared information about how policymakers can improve America’s mental health and addiction care systems by investing in prevention, prioritizing access to affordable treatments, and by strengthening recovery services and supports. While these reforms are urgent, history has proven that policymakers are unlikely to give them the attention they deserve.

If we truly believe it’s time for Mental Health for…


May is Mental Health Month — 31 days dedicated to raising awareness for, and breaking down stigma against, the tens of millions of Americans who will experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

We’re halfway through the month and so far we’ve shared information about how policymakers can improve America’s mental health and addiction care systems by investing in prevention and prioritizing access to affordable treatments and services — but the mental health journey doesn’t end with prevention or early intervention. Often, that’s just the beginning of a longer journey.

While nearly one in five Americans —…


May is Mental Health Month — 31 days dedicated to raising awareness for, and breaking down stigma against, the tens of millions of Americans who will experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

Last week, we shared information about how policymakers can improve America’s mental health and addiction care systems by investing in prevention — but that’s just one piece of the puzzle.

While nearly one in five Americans — tens of millions of people — will experience a mental health or substance use condition in any given year, less than half will receive any treatment. The…


May is Mental Health Month — 31 days dedicated to raising awareness for, and breaking down stigma against, the tens of millions of Americans who will experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

With nearly one in five Americans living with mental illness and one in 12 living with addiction, and deaths from suicide and overdose at an all-time high, it’s clear that America’s mental health and addiction crises are not getting the attention they require of us. …


The coronavirus pandemic has quickly changed the way we live our lives. With so much being out of our control and the necessary-but-difficult social distancing protocols, more people than ever are feeling anxious, depressed, or isolated, and crisis hotlines are fielding more calls now than ever before. Amid all the uncertainty, it’s important to take steps each day to keep moving forward.

If you’re like us and want to find a way to can make a difference in your community during this crisis, we have some suggestions.

We’re not quite sure how the elections will be impacted by the pandemic…


By Mental Health for US

Yesterday, judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a previous ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance is unconstitutional. Notably, the Court of Appeals sent the case back to the lower court to determine whether the ACA’s other provisions can exist without a mandate. …


By Patrick J. Kennedy

We know that insufficient access to mental health and addiction care is dangerous and life-threatening. That’s why the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Federal Parity Law) mandated insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer.

Despite this, a new report from independent actuarial firm Milliman shows that Americans continue to experience greater difficulties in accessing affordable mental health — with out-of-network utilization disparities between coverage for mental health/substance use disorders (MH/SUD) treatment and medical/surgical…


November 11, 2019

Dear Candidates,

New Morning Consult data released by the National Council for Behavioral Health shows a majority of voters — regardless of party affiliation — say they are more likely to support a candidate in 2020 who promises to address mental health and addiction. In addition, the survey found that 75 percent of Americans believe the federal government is not doing enough to address mental health.

As a nonpartisan coalition of more than 80 organizations, Mental Health for US proves that our country is united in demanding change. Our policy platform outlines the bare minimum of what…

Mental Health for US

Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country.

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