This past summer, the White House Conference on Mental Health launched a National Dialogue in which communities large and small have engaged in dialogues about mental illness and needs in the mental health care system.
This week, NAMI introduced a new initiative in partnership with the National Council on Behavioral Health (National Council), called Connect4MentalHealth that seeks to keep moving the National Dialogue forward to action.
Connect4Mental Health is calling on community leaders to make mental health care a priority. Commitment is needed not just from the mental health community, but also law enforcement, emergency services, public housing, school districts and others. Efforts will focus on four specific strategies:
- Early intervention.
- Creative use of technology.
- Integration of services.
- Improved continuity of care.
These strategies can help break cycles of hospitalization, homelessness or incarceration. They are community-focused and reflect the need for collaboration. They can help save money in the long run.