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, prevention and breaking down barriers to quality treatment and care should be a top priority for all policymakers.
I think we can officially say that the 2020 elections are over. The 117th Congress is in session, and President Biden has been sworn in. But 2021 has gotten off to a rocky start: Our thoughts are with the lawmakers, staff, reporters, and law enforcement officers who experienced the trauma and violence that took place at the U.S.
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.
Over the next couple of weeks, national party organizations will be gathering to officially nominate their candidates for President and Vice President of the United States and to finalize the policy platforms they’ll be supporting for the next four years.
Taking a Stand for Civic Engagement this Mental Health Month
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.
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