Let's Bring Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

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Raise. Your. Voice.

Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with mental illness in the past year? Half of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14. And more than 20 million adults have an alcohol or drug abuse problem. Yet, in spite of how common mental illness and addiction are in our families and in our communities, prejudice and barriers to accessing care still keep too many people from getting the treatment they need. Can you think of any other disease for which we would put up with that?

There is nothing shameful about having mental illness and there is nothing weak about reaching out for help. As your Surgeon General, I believe this is one of the most pressing issues affecting public health and I intend to speak up and speak out about it. But I need you to join me.

Read more of Dr. Murthy's blog post >>

Read more about mental and emotional well-being in the National Prevention Strategy


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