Mental health in America has been marginalized and we are all suffering for it. This includes individuals who live with mental health issues and addictions, their families, our employers, our schools and our first responders; who all too often become stopgaps in a broken system.
The results are too often tragic for everyone, and the high monetary costs are draining other opportunities to invest in our people and our community.
It is important that we do better collectively because mental health impacts nearly all families. Approximately 13,500 people in the Greater Albuquerque Region live with a severe mental illness.
By convening consumers of mental health services, policy-makers and providers over the past several years, we have opened up a window of opportunity to address some of the most significant legal, service and access issues that need improvement.