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:

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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 use 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.

Small, multi-sector National Response priority work groups are accomplishing the following:

  • Exploring the current landscape around each of the six strategic priorities to identify gaps and opportunities
  • Mapping out detailed implementation plans for the National Response to drive systems change in these areas.

The National Response recognizes the urgency for and the incredible potential to change how we as a nation view, talk about, and address mental health and suicide prevention. In the coming weeks, we will share updates on how organizations and individuals can get involved to help strengthen systems, implement programs, and champion policies to address the mental health and suicide prevention needs spurred by COVID-19 today and support people in the years to come.

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