Mental Health and Well-Being in America
About one-quarter of all adults in the United States suffer from a mental illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But major challenges remain in the areas of government funding, research, treatment and tackling the stigma associated with mental health problems.
On Wednesday, June 13, The Washington Post convened policymakers, health-care experts and advocates to discuss the state of mental health care in the U.S., strategies for addressing the country’s mental health concerns and links between technology use and mental well-being.
A View From The Hill: Federal Efforts on Mental Health
Government’s role in funding mental health initiatives, research, clinical trials, advanced medical technology, and passing legislation aimed at providing access to quality mental health care for veterans and Americans living in rural areas.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) discuss the Congressional role in funding mental health initiatives and improving access to quality mental health care for veterans, Americans living in rural areas and others who are underserved.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) weigh in on the Medicaid expansion debate.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) discuss the stigma surrounding mental illness and solutions for encouraging mental health treatment for those who do not want to seek help.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) discuss the Congressional role in funding and expanding access for mental health care.
Senator Brian Schatz
(D-Hawaii)
Sen. Brian Schatz is Hawaii’s senior United States Senator and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Schatz is the author of the CONNECT for Health Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services in Medicare, and improve care outcomes. Before serving in the Senate, Schatz was CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, a non-profit that delivers critical community-based health and welfare services to people in need.
Sen. Thom Tillis
(R-N.C.)
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Tillis directly advocates for North Carolina’s rich military tradition, veterans, and men and women currently in uniform. Tillis also sits on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Moderated by Paige Winfield Cunningham
Paige Winfield Cunningham is a health policy reporter and author of “The Health 202” newsletter for The Washington.
On the Front Lines: A National Spotlight on Mental Health
An in-depth discussion of some of the country’s most urgent mental health problems, efforts to reduce mental health disparities, and a look at the latest progress in medicine, research, policy and funding for mental health programs.
Mary Giliberti, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discuss some of the country’s most urgent mental health problems, efforts to reduce mental health disparities and the latest progress in medicine, research, policy and funding.
Mary Giliberti, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discuss the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics that show a 25 percent increase in suicide rates in the United States.
Mary Giliberti, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness, warns that serious mental illness is often referred to as the “greatest health disparity that nobody is talking about.”
National Institute of Mental Health Director Dr. Joshua Gordon discusses the emerging trend in depression patients turning to Ketamine therapy.
Mary Giliberti
CEO, National Alliance on Mental Health
Mary Giliberti is the chief executive officer of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has been leading the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy organization for people with mental illness and their families since 2014. Prior to becoming chief executive officer of NAMI, Ms. Giliberti was a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Joshua A. Gordon, MD
Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and clinical research that seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
Moderated by Amy Ellis Nutt
Amy Ellis Nutt is a neuroscience and mental health reporter for The Washington Post.
Youth of the Nation: Media, Mindfulness, and Mental Well-Being
A spotlight on the social determinants of the mental health of children, teens and college-age students with a focus on social media and technology.
Dr. Robert L. Findling, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Brian Primack, director of the Center for Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and Yalda Uhls, assistant adjunct professor at UCLA’s Department of Psychology, shine a spotlight on how media, technology and other social factors are affecting the mental health of children, teens and college-age students.
Dr. Brian Primack, director of the Center for Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and Yalda Uhls, assistant adjunct professor at UCLA’s Department of Psychology, discuss the psychological impacts of technology and social media on children.
Dr. Robert L. Findling, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Brian Primack, director of the Center for Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh and Yalda Uhls, assistant adjunct professor at UCLA’s Department of Psychology discuss media literacy and how to better educate children on using and understand social media technologies.
Robert L. Findling, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Recently named the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Findling is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. He is also the Vice President of Psychiatric Services and Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Findling’s research endeavors have focused on pediatric psychopharmacology and serious psychiatric disorders in the young.
Brian Primack, MD
Director, Center for Media, Technology, and Health, University of Pittsburgh
Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD is Dean of the Honors College, holder of the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Endowed Chair, and the Director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing his residency training in family medicine and his PhD in multidisciplinary social sciences, Dr. Primack developed a research program centered around the interface of media communications, technology, and health outcomes.
Yalda Uhls, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA; Author, “Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age”
Yalda T. Uhls spent over 15 years as a senior executive at studios such as MGM and Sony, and then earned a PhD in child psychology from UCLA. Her background provides insight into the intersection of positive youth development, entertainment media and scientific research. She currently teaches and does research at UCLA and is an adviser for the national non-profit, "Common Sense."
Moderated by Amy Joyce
Amy Joyce is the On-Parenting editor and reporter for The Washington Post.
Thriving Together: Solutions For Building Healthier Communities
The First Lady of New York City discusses ThriveNYC, her initiative to create a model behavioral health system in America’s most populous city with a focus on improving access to resources for at-risk populations and combating the stigma associated with mental illness.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, discusses ThriveNYC, her initiative to create a model behavioral health system in America’s most populous city with a focus on serving at-risk populations and combating the stigma associated with mental illness.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, responds to concerns about suicide by teenagers, violence in schools and addresses how to work with children to identify their own feelings and emotions.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray says there is no "national will" to create a nationwide, coordinated behavioral system in the United States.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray discusses stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental illness in the United States.
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray discusses what's next for ThriveNYC, her initiative to create a model behavioral health system in New York City. “We have to expand our services. We have to deepen our services, get them embedded in all of our agencies because we know that we only have three and half years left in this term, in this administration," McCray said.
Chirlane McCray
First Lady of New York City; Founder, ThriveNYC
Chirlane McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation, and she is recognized nationally as a powerful champion for mental health reform. Additionally, McCray spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition of mayors, with representation from more than 150 cities from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system.
Interviewed by Libby Casey
Libby Casey is a politics and accountability anchor for The Washington Post.
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