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Americans Say It’s Time to Prioritize Mental Health Issues


Getty 020514 Depression?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1423160881174iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — There’s no question that nearly all Americans believe that the state of mental health in the U.S. qualifies as a serious health problem.

A poll conducted by the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research finds that 96 percent of adults agree with this assessment.

Furthermore, about three quarters of Americans say that more attention is devoted to physical care than mental health and seven in ten believes that the nation’s health care system needs “significant” or “radical” changes so that physicians can better diagnose and treat mental health disorders.

Although more women than men believe mental health issues should be addressed as do more Democrats than Republican or independents, there is still broad, bipartisan support for action.

Ten percent of those surveyed admitted that they had been treated for mental health issues while 16 percent said that someone in their family had undergone therapy.

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