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12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

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.

The 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.


Mental Health in America

Paul Gionfriddo

Mental Health America

Treating the Whole Person: Integrating Behavioral Health in New Jersey

Suzanne M. 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

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Published on: April 10, 2019. Updated on: October 20, 2020.

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