There is no bigger public health issue facing Minnesota communities than mental health. In every corner of the state, hospitals, law enforcement and community partners cannot meet the demand for mental health services.
One in four adults experiences a mental illness in his or her lifetime regardless of age, race, religion or income.
More than four out of 10 Minnesotans know someone who has missed a day of work in the past year because of a mental health condition.
One in 5 patients in community hospital mental health units would have been more appropriately treated in a different care setting such as outpatient care or residential treatment.
75% of Minnesotans
believe mental health is a serious problem in their community
Every Minnesotan deserves access to the mental health care they need, delivered in the right setting.
Mental illnesses are treatable health conditions, and they should be treated with the same urgency as other medical conditions, like diabetes or heart disease.
Here’s how we can achieve a statewide solution to Minnesota’s mental health challenges:
Bring mental health into everyday conversations through engagement and education
Minnesota’s hospitals can reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses and ensure people receive mental health care and addiction treatment when and where it’s needed.
Support individuals, their families and their communities
Minnesota’s hospitals know that the recovery process may start in a hospital, but continues long after patients are discharged. So, we provide health care that supports individuals, their families and their communities.
Foster strong community partnerships
Minnesota’s hospitals are working to help Minnesotans feel comfortable sharing their care experiences and seeking treatment for mental illnesses and addiction.
Use data to make a lasting impact
Consistent, reliable data is essential to inform well-founded solutions to mental health and substance use disorders.
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