National coalition aims to elevate mental health and addiction during 2020 election cycle.
New York, NY, June 10, 2019 – The Jed Foundation (JED), a non-profit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, along with seven other national organizations, have united to launch Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan educational coalition dedicated to elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. The initiative seeks to be a catalyst in effectively and holistically addressing mental health to reduce suicide and overdose deaths.
“The mental health infrastructure in our country needs to be significantly augmented. Americans are experiencing barriers to accessing mental health resources and support, in part because of a shortage of mental health clinicians, community-based mental health centers, and psychiatric hospital beds,” said John MacPhee, executive director and CEO of JED. “Given these challenges and the deep and urgent importance of access to mental health care in the United States, it will require bipartisan political leadership to achieve the needed improvements. We are honored to work alongside the other seven core organizations to demand better access to prevention, intervention, and recovery for mental health care.”
Voters and policymakers, or anyone interested in learning more about Mental Health for US, can visit www.mentalhealthforus.net for more information on how to take action.
About Mental Health for US
Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction to national policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy. The Mental Health for UScoalition is comprised of stakeholder groups from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to make systemic, long-term change with civic engagement tools and resources. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.