The Need for Action is Urgent. The Time is NOW.

National action is urgently needed to address mental health and suicide prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic—not only to meet the current needs, but so we emerge stronger and more resilient than we were before the pandemic.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention - National Response to COVID-19

Our Opportunity

Mobilizing an action-oriented national response.

The Action Alliance’s Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19 (National Response)

The National Response is a diverse, nonpartisan public-private partnership committed to driving meaningful, lasting change in mental health and suicide prevention through collaboration, leadership, and action. We are working to create sustainable and comprehensive solutions to the mental health impacts of this pandemic, while also preparing to address future needs by mitigating risks and building resiliency.

Our National Response Co-Chairs

Dr. Joshua Gordon
Public Sector Chair
Director, National Institute of Mental Health

“The collective work has the potential to change the way our country views, treats, and talks about mental health and suicide for generations to come.”

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy
Private Sector Chair
Founder, The Kennedy Forum

“This pandemic will fuel the fire of our country’s mental health crisis unless organizations unite in a call to action. There’s no more time for debate and discussion—we need all-hands-on-deck to fast track the strategies we know will work.”

Our Priorities

Accelerating key priorities to achieve actionable solutions.

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Priority 1
Change the national conversation about mental health and suicide.
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Priority 2
Increase access to evidence-based treatments for substance abuse disorders and mental health in specialty and primary care.
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Priority 3
Increase use of non-punitive and supportive crisis intervention services.
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Priority 4
Establish closer-to-real-time data collection systems.
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Priority 5
Create equitable delivery of comprehensive and effective mental health and suicide prevention services for Black Americans and others disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
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Priority 6
Invest in early intervention and prevention approaches that treat root causes of suicide and mental health problems.

Our Partners

Engaging diverse sector leaders around a shared vision.

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American Express logo
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention logo
American Hospital Association logo
american psychological association logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Columbia University logo
Crisis Text Line
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Justice logo
Seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs logo
DLM Entertainment Group logo
Education Development Center logo
International Association of Chiefs of Police logo
The Jed Foundation logo
Johnson and Johnson logo
The Kennedy Forum logo
Mental Health America logo
National Alliance on Mental Illness logo
National Fire Protection Association logo
National Football League logo
National Institute of Mental Health
RAND Corporation logo
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration logo
The Trevor Project logo
Union Pacific logo
UHS logo
U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
Vibrant Emotional Health
ViacomCBS logo
Well Being Trust logo
ad council logo
American Express logo
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention logo
American Hospital Association logo
american psychological association logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Columbia University logo
Crisis Text Line
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Justice logo
Seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs logo
DLM Entertainment Group logo
Education Development Center logo
International Association of Chiefs of Police logo
The Jed Foundation logo
Johnson and Johnson logo
The Kennedy Forum logo
Mental Health America logo
National Alliance on Mental Illness logo
National Fire Protection Association logo
National Football League logo
National Institute of Mental Health
RAND Corporation logo
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration logo
The Trevor Project logo
Union Pacific logo
UHS logo
U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
Vibrant Emotional Health
ViacomCBS logo
Well Being Trust logo
ad council logo
American Express logo
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention logo
American Hospital Association logo
american psychological association logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Columbia University logo
Crisis Text Line
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Justice logo
Seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs logo
DLM Entertainment Group logo
Education Development Center logo
International Association of Chiefs of Police logo
The Jed Foundation logo
Johnson and Johnson logo
The Kennedy Forum logo
Mental Health America logo
National Alliance on Mental Illness logo
National Fire Protection Association logo
National Football League logo
National Institute of Mental Health
RAND Corporation logo
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration logo
The Trevor Project logo
Union Pacific logo
UHS logo
U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
Vibrant Emotional Health
ViacomCBS logo
Well Being Trust logo
Star logo

Take Action

All Americans—and all sectors of society—can help promote mental health and suicide prevention.

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