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Mental Health: Prioritizing Our Collective Wellbeing

America needs a comprehensive policy, with research-based programs and the requisite funding, that affirms we as a society are serious about addressing the broad-range of mental health issues affecting our families, our neighbors, and our communities. Mental health is one of the most underestimated issues of our time because there is not a single segment of our society that is immune to its effects. It is essential to recognize the social and economic toll on our communities and its negative impact across all demographic groups. The statistics are clear.

Millions of Americans, approximately one out of five, which is about 19.1 percent of American adults, experience mental illness each year.

About 20.1 percent of homeless people have a serious mental health condition and 37 percent of adults incarcerated in state and federal prison systems have a diagnosed mental illness.

Across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year.

Over 24 million individuals experiencing a mental health illness are going untreated.

Valuing and prioritizing mental health is integral to overall well-being and is an investment in America’s future. Mental health influences how we think, feel, and act, impacting every aspect of our lives. Prioritizing mental health contributes to improved cognitive function, emotional resilience, and the ability to navigate life’s challenges effectively.

Additionally, mental health is closely connected to physical health, and neglecting it can lead to a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. By emphasizing mental health, we promote self-awareness, destigmatize seeking help, and foster a culture of understanding and empathy. 

This is a topic Moshe has approached on his Common Denominator podcast . In one episode, Moshe spoke with anxiety expert Dan Candell , who provided actionable strategies to help us overcome stress. In another, he interviewed Dr. Anna Yusim, an award-winning and board-certified Stanford and Yale-educated Psychiatrist & Executive Coach. She shared why spirituality and openness to love are the keys to improving your mental health. 

A society that values and addresses mental health creates a more compassionate and understanding environment, promoting empathy and social cohesion.

In essence, addressing mental health is an investment in the overall health and vitality of individuals and communities, fostering a more resilient, productive, and compassionate society.