Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

"Transformation" Prescribed for Mental Health Care in the USA

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

"Transformation" Prescribed for Mental Health Care in the USA

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Mental illnesses are "shockingly common" in the USA, the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recently reported to President Bush, and they "affect almost every American family." In any given year, 5-7% of all American adults have a serious mental illness, and 5-9% of all children have a serious emotional disturbance, the report says. It calculates that these illnesses cost the economy US$ 79 billion a year in lost productivity, and a further US$ 71 billion is spent each year on treating mental illness, out of a total of over US$ 1 trillion spent overall on health care in the USA.

Despite these giant problems, the Commission produced an optimistic report, entitled Achieving the promise: transforming mental health care in America, released on 22 July. It had been charged by President Bush in April 2002 to make recommendations that would enable everyone with mental disorders "to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities". Its recommendations emphasize recovery and resilience and are organized as six goals, concerned with promoting public understanding, consumer choice, equality, early screening and referral, research, and information technology. The current system, the report says, needs not just reform but transformation. …

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