Only 5% Of Americans Believe Mental Health Problems Are A Priority For Congress, APA Poll Shows

Medscape (5/16, Cassels) reports that even though the “two thirds” of “Americans believe that untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the US economy and that there is a strong need for mental health care reform, only 5% believe that mental health problems are a priority for Congress,” the findings of a “new national poll” conducted by the American Psychiatric Association suggest. The findings of the poll were released at APA’s annual meeting. Commenting on the poll’s findings, APA president Renée Binder, MD, said in a news release, “We applaud the lawmakers in Congress who recognize the dire need to improve our nation’s mental health system. But we call upon Congress as a whole to embrace this issue.”

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