Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in national policy.



Our Mission

Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in national policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy.

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, breaking down barriers to prevention strategies, treatment, and recovery supports should be a top priority for all policymakers.

We are a coalition of organizations from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to advance a better mental health system using civic engagement tools and resources. Our movement is led by:

Honorary Advisory Board

Our Honorary Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished policy leaders who lend their support to the Mental Health for US initiative to help elevate mental health and addictions as key issues in the 2020 election cycle.

Democratic Co-Chair: Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
Republican Co-Chair: Former U.S. Sen. Gordon H. Smith
Former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono
Former Speaker of House Newt Gingrich
Former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy
Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad passed away on Nov. 5, 2020. We are honored to have had him help lead our coalition.
We are thankful for our financial supporters, who have made this initiative possible!
Our Statement of Inclusivity

Mental Health for US recognizes, embraces, and celebrates the diversity of the mental health and addiction community and our nation at large. As a coalition, we affirm all people regardless of race or ethnicity, age, culture, ability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, political affiliation, justice system involvement, and socioeconomic status.

Mental Health for US promotes justice and equity—and we can’t do that without ensuring that we’re inclusive and mindful of our community’s diversity in all of our activities, communications, and advocacy. The following principles guide our efforts:

  • We respect and affirm the dignity of each member of our community, both online and offline.
  • We foster respectful, meaningful conversations about issues of justice and equity through our communications and interactions with our coalition, with voters, with policymakers, and with the public.
  • We work to reduce barriers to civic engagement for those living with mental health and substance use disorders by providing resources, trainings, and opportunities to engage with policymakers.
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