SAMHSA has crafted a five-point plan to improve the nation’s mental health, according to a blog by Pamela Hyde, administrator, and Paolo Del Vecchio, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. However, the two barriers that stand in the way of the plan are economics and political will, they said in a blog this week.
The 5 Point Plan
- Increase prevention, treatment and recovery services—Here they note the disparities based on race, culture, gender, gender identity and others.
- Expand the mental health workforce—Here they note that workforce shortages already burden the system.
- Widen the use of health information technology—Online psychotherapy gets a mention.
- Educate the public—Preventing death by suicide is no less important than preventing death from cancer.
- Invest in research—Here they cite the potential of research on biomarkers to identify best treatments.