Ensure the equitable delivery of comprehensive and effective suicide prevention and mental health services for Black Americans; Latinx Americans; American Indians/ Alaskan Natives (AI/AN); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals; and others disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
We must invest in communities that have experienced a disproportionate impact from the pandemic for a host of reasons, such as health care inequities related to race, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This must reach beyond health care and focus on systemic and structural racism in housing, schools, workplaces, and the many other institutions that are social determinants of health outcomes.
Priority 5 Calls to Action
- We call on federal, state, and local policymakers to increase culturally appropriate and effective suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and substance misuse treatment research, education, and services for Black youth and adults.
- We call on federal, state, and local policymakers to increase culturally appropriate and effective suicide prevention, mental health, and substance misuse treatment research, education, and services for LGBTQ individuals, especially youth.
- We call on medical associations, mental health associations, and national education organizations to collectively educate professionals across sectors on the mental health- and substance use-related impacts of systemic racism and discrimination on marginalized groups (e.g., Black, Latinx, AI/AN, LGBTQ).
- We call on the Action Alliance, through its national partners, to (1) establish a registry that compiles culturally appropriate and effective mental health and substance use education and suicide prevention programming for marginalized communities, and (2) promote the implementation of evidence-based practices in communities. We call on SAMHSA and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to update and expand the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center and Best Practices Registry, respectively, to highlight effective strategies for fatal and non-fatal suicide-related events.
Priority 5 Work Group
Priority 5 is one of six strategic imperatives the National Response has identified to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic and beyond.
The co-leaders of the multi-sector Priority 5 Work Group are:
- Dr. Nyaka NiiLampti, Vice President, Wellness and Clinical Services, National Football League
- Mr. Amit Paley, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Trevor Project
Please visit this page often for progress updates and for information on how you can get involved.