Mental & Behavioral Health

Causes Mental & Behavioral Health

Fight the stigma, loneliness, and pain of mental health conditions

Too many people suffer from depression, substance misuse disorder, and other related illnesses. These conditions are often disabling and sometimes deadly but research and greater access to care offer hope.

A Dartmouth-Hitchcock psychiatrist talks with a child.

1 in 5

U.S. adults experience mental illness


drug overdose deaths in 2020


of people who will suffer from lifelong mental illness develop it by age 14

America's Top Doctors Discuss National Crisis

Mental health has taken center stage in public health discourse, with the nation’s top doctors leading the charge. In a rare, historic event, all of the living former and current U.S. Surgeons General convened for a panel discussion about the future of mental health and wellness organized by Dartmouth Health and Geisel School of Medicine on Sept. 28. 

Front row, from left: Joycelyn Elders, 1993-1994, Vivek Murthy, 2014-2017 and 2021-present, Antonia Coello Novello, 1990-1993, Regina Benjamin, 2009-2014.  Back row, from left: Richard Carmona, 2002-2006, Kenneth Moritsugu, 2002-2002, 2006-2007, and Jerome Adams, 2017-2021.  David Satcher, 1998-2002, was unable to attend in person, but shared comments on mental health via a video statement, rounding out the panel to include all of the living U.S. Surgeons General.

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I want children to know they’re not alone. Talking helps and treatment works, so don’t be afraid to deal with how you’re feeling.”

John Broderick
Former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and mental health advocate at Dartmouth Health
John Broderick, former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and mental health advocate at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Support for children with autism

It takes highly coordinated teams of specialists collaborating with parents and schools to help children with autism and neurodiversity thrive. The Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Services (BANDS) team meets this need, providing critical support for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families living with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. These comprehensive services are possible only through the generosity of donors like you.

A child plays with developmental and behavioral pediatrician Nina Sand-Loud, MD.