Hospitals and health systems provide essential behavioral health care services to millions of Americans every day.
The American Hospital Association has a long-standing commitment to support member efforts to deliver high-quality, accessible behavioral health services. Consistent with that commitment, this web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist them in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health.
If you or a loved one are experiencing an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide, support is available. Click here to learn more about free services, providing confidential support, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
AHA’s Behavioral Health Strategic Priorities | 2023
In spring 2020, the AHA identified three strategic priorities — Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding — to start planning for what health care should look like in a post-pandemic world. To further unify its strategic efforts, the AHA also established three strategic focus areas, which include workforce, health equity and behavioral health. Below you will find the goals for the behavioral health strategic priority.
Behavioral Health Resources
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If you or a loved one are experiencing an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide, support is available. The following services provide free, confidential support and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For emotional support related to COVID-19, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
For those experiencing a suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.