The numbers suggest mental illnesses impact many facets of society.1,2,3,4 That’s why we’re encouraging community members – from health professionals and advocates to law enforcement, public housing and emergency service officials – to prioritize serious mental illness and advocate for approaches that provide additional support to individuals with these conditions, and that also may positively impact the communities in which they live.

The foundation for change begins at home. The time for greater collaboration to address serious mental illness is now. Join Connect 4 Mental Health in this nationwide initiative.

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Held November 19, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Check out videos from the Community Collaboration Summit to see how Connect 4 Mental Health is striving to make a difference in communities.

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Press Release

New Initiative Convenes National, Local Leaders To Highlight Community-Oriented Approaches That Aim To Support People With Serious Mental Illness

Connect 4 Mental Health launches alongside a new U.S. survey that finds a majority of respondents want community leaders to prioritize funding for early intervention efforts in mental health.

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References:
  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012). Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings (HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4725). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  2. Madhusoodanan, S., et al. (2010). Primary Prevention in Geriatric Psychiatry. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 22 (4), pp. 249-261.
  3. (2013, May 30). Mental Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved October 4, 2013, from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mental.htm.
  4. U.S. Department of Justice. (2006). Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Mental health problems of prison and jail inmates (NCJ 213600). Washington, DC: Office of Justice Programs.