June 7, 2013


Let's De-stigmatize Mental Illness

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Mental illness and addictive disorders are all too common in every community. They cause suffering in the adults and children affected and their families, and they have a significant economic and social impact. Treatment works, but the stigma often associated with behavioral health disorders keeps people from getting the care they need. With local collaboration, hospitals can play a central role in building understanding and awareness and increasing access to behavioral health services. This week, I sent a letter to the White House that describes some of the innovative collaborations of our hospitals to address this issue. Please add your stories to the case examples we have compiled so we can continue to learn from one another and remove the obstacles that keep our neighbors from seeking behavioral health care.

Thanks,
Rich

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