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We are facing a growing mental health crisis, especially among our youth. One in 5 people experience mental illness and 1 in 7 experience a substance use disorder1 – both of which increased significantly during the pandemic.2 Mental health challenges are the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people.3 Social and racial inequities further exacerbate these challenges for people of color, children and families with low incomes, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and rural communities. Most people – including youth – with mental health challenges do not receive the care they need.4 Suicide is now second only to unintentional injury among causes of death for 10- to 34-year-olds, and deaths of despair (suicide, drug overdoses, alcohol-related deaths) are rising dramatically nationwide.5 The human and economic toll from this mental health crisis is unconscionable.
We believe our region can lead the nation in creating a culture of well-being. We’ll get there through community-driven action, collective effort across many organizations, and changes in policies and systems.
Interact for Health is working with community partners to tackle the following priorities:
See the Open Funding page for RFPs and RFAs being accepted at this time.
To learn more about our strategic planning process please click here.
Deanna Hillard, Program Manager Youth Mental Health
Lisa Myers, Senior Program Manager of Mental Health Systems
1 Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 2021. SAMHSA.2 Czeisler MÉ , Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057.3 Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory. 2021.4 The State of Mental Health in America. 2023. Mental Health America.5 Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths. 2022. Trust for America’s Health, Well Being Trust.