Mental Health: Changing the Conversation

The mental health crisis in America doesn’t discriminate. It affects young and old, wealthy and poor, urban and rural. Nearly 44 million adults in the U.S. are affected by treatable mental health conditions every year, but barriers to care prevent more than half of them from getting help. 

There is an urgent need to eliminate the stigma around mental health conditions and improve access to treatment—and the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are responding. Initiatives include a program to support the mental wellness of medical students and prevent physician burnout; the development of affordable and evidence-based technological interventions for behavioral health care; the integration of mental health care into primary care; and community outreach to teenagers.