Washington, DC and Oakland, Calif., January 30—Today, a new framework and policy report, featuring actionable solutions to improve mental health and well-being has been released by Well Being Trust (WBT).
The report, Healing the Nation: Advancing Mental Health and Addiction Policy, notes that the cause of the mental health and well-being crisis is multifaceted. Increases in economic disparities, declines in social connectivity, increased discrimination based on race, gender, gender identity, country of origin and more, and the ever-challenging cost of health care coverage and access all play a role.
Healing the Nation provides meaningful and actionable solutions to help advance mental health policy in this country. By using a systems framework, the report outlines specific actions policy makers can take to advance mental health and structures solutions in an integrated fashion to achieve maximum benefits for all.
“The continued decline of U.S. life expectancy, largely due to overdoses and suicides, is a grim reminder that we are not doing nearly enough to address mental health and well-being in this country,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-R.I.), founder of The Kennedy Forum and Mental Health for US co-chair. “The cycle must be stopped with swift action and thoughtful policies to increase access to care and save lives. Healing the Nation is a critical resource in the roadmap for lasting change.”
Included in Healing the Nation is a new Framework focusing on multiple angles for engagement with a specific emphasis on five main entry points for policy: Health Systems; Judicial Systems; Education Systems; Workplace and Unemployment; and the Whole Community. The Framework also specifically highlights populations that have been impacted differently by the mental health and addiction crisis.
“When healthy community conditions, good coverage, and inclusive policies are in place, we can achieve positive outcomes that improve the mental health and well-being of all Americans,” said Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, chief strategy officer, WBT. “No one policy is going to solve the generational crisis we are facing – we must be thoughtful in creating more integrated and comprehensive structures for mental health, and assure that our policies bring mental health into our clinics and community settings.”
Healing the Nation includes more than 50 recommendations and action steps federal policy makers can take right now to improve mental health and well-being for all, including:
“Healing the Nation offers a new vision for mental health. The framework, the solutions are there—it’s time for federal officials to act,” said Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and board chair, United States of Care.
Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. Created to include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and to transforming individual and community well-being. www.wellbeingtrust.org. Twitter: @WellBeingTrust