While 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental illness and almost half of U.S. adults will experience one during their lifetime, the events of the past several weeks remind us that raising awareness around mental health is critical for everyone. While it’s hard to look into the future in the middle of a crisis, 2020 has the opportunity to be remembered for more than just the year of the modern global pandemic. This can be the year that the world recognizes that mental health impacts us all and the tremendous need to make investments promoting access to quality mental wellness resources for everyone.
For those of us working in the field, we know too well the shortcomings of mental health care in the country. Despite significant gains that have been made in integrating behavioral health and physical health care, we still have a very long way to go.