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.

Dr. Nyaka NiiLampti

Priority 5 Calls to Action

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 related Priority 5 calls to action that follow were developed by the National Response Steering Committee in order to foster a comprehensive and impactful response to the significant mental health and suicide prevention needs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority 5 Calls to Action


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