Mental illnesses are common; one in 17 people in the U.S. have a serious and persistent mental illness. But despite those serious statistics, Texas ranks 45th in per capita spending on mental health services.
Untreated mental illness drives up costs in health care, public safety, courts and other areas of the economy. The most tragic cost, however, is in the loss of unfulfilled potential in human lives and talent due to delayed treatment, stigma and discrimination. The good news is that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible, especially with early and effective intervention.
It is important for your elected officials to hear from you! Join MHA Dallas in our public policy and advocacy efforts. Get started here.
Your support can provide:
- Funding and services for mental health and substance use disorders.
- Access to housing that promotes recovery for people with mental illness.
- Programs that promote recovery and prevent recidivism.
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