ACT4 Mental Health – Your Voice Needed NOW!
|Too often, mental health does not get the attention and resources it deserves. Even before COVID-19, our country was experiencing a mental health, substance use and suicide crisis. Too many lives are being lost and too many people without the care they need.
People are struggling more then ever. Now they are facing a combination of a global pandemic, economic downturn, and growing public attention to racial inequities. Today, more than 1 in 3 people in the U.S. have symptoms of anxiety or depression. This is even greater for Black and Asian Americans. At the same time, people with severe mental illness are facing daunting barriers to getting intensive services and emergency care.
We need more mental health care, not less—especially now. While community mental health services are needed more than ever, resources are stretched thin. State and local governments are already seeing less revenue. Without support from Congress, they may cut mental health and addiction services.
Tell your Senators that mental Health needs funded in the next round of COVID-19 funding. Briefly share your personal experience with mental health and why being able to access services in person and via telehealth is important.