As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, Well Being Trust is sharing resources to raise awareness, and providing tools and solutions sets that include actionable solutions that improve the health and well-being for all in America. Our goal is to save 100,000 lives from deaths by drug overdose, alcohol, and suicide, and to increase equitable well-being for all in America.
Hand in hand with our partners, grantees, and frontline workers, we are investing in and sustaining clinical, community and cultural changes that can measurably transform the health of the nation and improve well-being for all.
To kick of Mental Health Awareness Month, Well Being Trust joined several leading mental health organizations and signed on to a open letter – We Demand More for Mental Health – published in the May 1, 2022, issue of the New York Times. View the letter here.
View resources from Well Being Trust and our partners as well as events taking place throughout Mental Health Awareness Month 2022.
Resources and Solutions Sets: Improving our mental health one interaction at a time
StrengthInUs is a collaborative that builds, shares, and grows community initiated care efforts to strengthen how we support mental health and well-being.
Watch video and learn more: StrengthIn.Us
988 Crisis Readiness Plan from the CEO Alliance for Mental Health – We’re less than two months away before the launch of the 988 Crisis Hotline. The CEO Alliance for Mental Health Launch Campaign and Offer State and Municipal Leaders a Comprehensive Roadmap for Emergency Response Preparedness.
View the 988 Readiness Plan from the CEO Alliance for Mental Health
Health Care Coverage for the Relentless: Insurance essentials from a mother’s quest for mental health parity – A Mother’s Perspective: This guide gives parents the insurance information they need to become more informed about mental health care coverage – Carmen Bombeke shares lessons learned from her battle to get her son’s care reimbursed.
Watch this video with Carmen sharing details about the guide, and read the full guide here.
Toolkit: Strategies for Strengthening Patient-Centered Addiction Care – a comprehensive list of strategies that interested states can pursue, an overview of existing implementation tools, examples from current state efforts, and model legislative, regulatory, and contractual language from which interested states can draw.
View Toolkit: Speaking the Same Language: A Toolkit for Strengthening Patient-Centered Addiction Care in the United States
From our Partners - Mental Health Month Awareness Guides and Toolkits
- Active Minds: Mental Health + Campaign
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: More for Mental Health
- NAMI: Mental Health Month Awareness Guide
- Mental Health America: Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit
Podcasts and Webinars
New Day a podcast from Lemonada Media – The program has a simple goal – helping individuals find more joy every day.
BEING Trans – Lemonada Media’s latest series BEING is the first of its kind: audio reality. Reality TV, for your ears. This season, they’re following the lives of four captivating people to understand what it’s like #BEINGTrans.
CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS & WEBINARS
Dr. Benjamin Miller’s Testimony Before U.S. Senate Committee Hearing: Mental Health Care in America –
In June 2021, Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, President of Well Being Trust, joined Michelle P. Durham, M.D. and Chantay D. Jett, M.A., today to testify before the U. S. Senate Committee on Finance.
Dr. Miller provided testimony about America’s broken mental health system, the mental health impact of COVID-19, and the importance of addressing unmet needs for mental health and addiction services.
- Tackling Mental Health Stigma – Well Being Trust President Benjamin Miller, PsyD, moderated a discussion with Sue Baker, OBE with Changing Minds Globally; Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH, with the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health at Mayo Clinic; Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Sarah Hemeida, MD, MPH, with University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine; and Sean Phelan, PhD, with Mayo Clinic
- Advancing Well-Being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness – In this fireside chat, the leaders of PolicyLink and Well Being Trust, Michael McAfee and Tyler Norris, engage in a deeply honest fireside chat moderated by Victor Rubin of PolicyLink. The leaders discuss the July 2021 release of Advancing Well-being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness and a companion Community Dialogue Guide that provides a narrative and policy roadmap to better address the root causes of today’s social and economic crises, and demonstrate how centering the most marginalized results in better outcomes for all communities.
May 2022 Events
- May 11 – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention annual Lifesavers Gala. Kenneth Cole, founder of The Mental Health Coalition will be honored with the Suicide Prevention Champion Award.
May 17-18: Mental Health Youth Action Forum with the Biden – Harris Administration, Selena Gomez, and Rare Beauty’s Rare Impact Fund
May 23 – American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s 30th Year Anniversary Celebration
- May 26: NAMI Ask the Expert: History of 911 and Lessons Learned for 988 – This webinar, featuring Transform911 Principal Investigator Dr. S. Rebecca Neusteter, will facilitate a discussion about the implementation of 911, 311 and other alternative lines while addressing how to avoid past mistakes when proceeding with 988.
Newsletter and Blogs
- Mental: Fighting the Fragmentation of Mental Health One Policy at at Time – Weekly Newsletter from Well Being Trust President Dr. Benjamin Miller.
- Mother’s Day Blog: Resources for Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Children and their Families – A blog from Sylvie Trevena, MBA, program assistant and scheduling coordinator at Well Being Trust.
Launching May 2022 – A new policy and advocacy digital tool designed by 20 young adults that focuses on empowering young people to advocate at the intersection of mental health and social issues important to them. Look for more details soon!
Launching May 2022 – A Framework for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. This framework of care delivery expectations for integrating behavioral health in primary care aligns expectations across payers, practices, and patients. The framework is intentionally flexible to account for variation in approach to integrating behavioral health. Payers seeking to better support integrated behavioral health in primary care with alternative payment models can utilize this framework for standardized expectations