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Turning the Tide on Mental Health Trends

April 11, 2019 | 12:00 PM
01:30 PM ET

Webinar Transcript

One in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness including common conditions like anxiety disorders and major depression. In addition to harming emotional well-being, mental illness threatens physical health by increasing the risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Americans also lose $193 billion in earnings each year due to mental illness.

mental health combinedThe second part in our Defying Despair series, this webinar focused on current trends in mental and behavioral health and programs designed to turn the tide for the better. Speakers discussed:

  • The data underpinning trends in mental and behavioral health and implications for prevention strategies
  • Initiatives designed to break down barriers to behavioral health care by integrating services with physical health
  • State policy issues like delivery system and payment reform that are instrumental in improving access to behavioral health care in Medicaid
  • How mental health trends have manifested in rising rates of suicide and substance abuse and declining life expectancy

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Speakers

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Paul Gionfriddo
Mental Health America
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Suzanne M. Kunis
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
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Kitty Purington
National Academy for State Health Policy
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John Auerbach
Trust for America's Health

Presentation Slides

"Mental Health in America" - Paul Gionfriddo, Mental Health America
"Treating the Whole Person: Integrating Behavioral Health in New Jersey" - Suzanne Kunis, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
"Improving Behavioral Health: State Policy Approaches" - Kitty Purington, National Academy for State Health Policy
"Pain in the Nation: A Comprehensive Approach Needed to Address the Suicide and Substance Use Crisis" - John Auerbach, Trust for America's Health