Our Priorities


Accelerating Actionable Solutions:
Six Strategic Priorities 

Mental health and suicide prevention have never been more critical to the nation’s overall health and well-being. This watershed moment provides a unique opportunity for the nation to emerge with lasting systems and policy changes that ensure everyone can access the care, support, and services they need and deserve—where and when they need them.

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The National Response is focused on six strategic priorities to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic:

Priority 1
Change the national conversation about mental health and suicide.
Priority 2
Increase access to evidence-based treatments for substance use and mental health disorders in specialty and primary care.
Priority 3
Increase the use of non-punitive and supportive crisis intervention services.
Priority 4
Establish near real-time data collection systems to promptly identify changes in rates of suicide, overdose, and other key events, and of clusters or spikes in these outcomes.
Priority 5
Ensure the equitable delivery of comprehensive and effective suicide prevention and mental health services for Black Americans and others disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Priority 6
Invest in prevention and early intervention that treat the root causes of suicide and mental health problems.

National Response Action Plan

To help advance the National Response's six priorities, the National Response Steering Committee released An Action Plan for Strengthening Mental Health and Prevention of Suicide in the Aftermath of COVID-19 (Action Plan), which outlines concrete strategies for achieving meaningful and lasting change.   

The National Response recognizes the urgency in addressing mental health and suicide prevention now and in the aftermath of COVID-19. We encourage you to take action today to advance this workespecially partners and leaders who have the opportunity to implement lasting systems, programs, and policy solutions, such as federal and state policymakers, government agencies and non-profit organizations, health care accreditation organizations, professional associations, health care providers, and public and private payers. 


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