The Broad Impact of Serious Mental Illness

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. Read the commitment being made by organizers of Connect 4 Mental Health®.

Read Our Statement

C4MH In the News

Check out some of the latest C4MH news encouraging innovation and collaboration among mental health and other community-based organizations:

HuffPost IMPACT What’s Working — Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health (Ginger Lerner-Wren)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NewPublicHealth Blog—Getting More Funding Mental Health Preventive Services and Treatment: Q&A with Mary Giliberti, NAMI

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  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. (2013, May 30). Mental Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved October 4, 2013, from:
  3. 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.
  4. Madhusoodanan, S., et al. (2010). Primary Prevention in Geriatric Psychiatry. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 22 (4), pp. 249-261.