Mental Health is in Crisis. What Is the Answer?

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The US is still in a state of emergency for Covid-19 and monkeypox. However, the country has another longstanding and quickly worsening public health concern- mental health. According to, about 20 percent of American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2020. Nearly 1 in 20 Americans live with a severe mental illness. 
Perhaps the most severe and heartbreaking consequence of mental illness is a patient’s decision to end their life. There were over twice as many suicides than homicides in 2020. Tragically, what motivates someone to commit suicide remains a mystery. Some choose to do so after enduring extreme hardship, trauma, or loss. In contrast,

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