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The Carter Center Mental Health Program

THE CARTER CENTER Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope. Mental Health Worldwide, as many as 450 million people suffer from a mental illness. Individuals suffering from mental illnesses are often victims of human rights violations, stigma, and discrimination. Source: World Health Organization How The Carter Center Helps Combating Stigma and Discrimination The Washington CNN The Seattle Post Times npr Forbes US.News The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism help journalists report more accurately and sensitively about mental health issues. More than 150 award-winning journalists and documentary producers have created media pieces on the stigma and discrimination suffered by individuals with mental illnesses. One media piece has the potential to reach 8 million people through TV, radio, journals, conferences, and social media channels. Their work has led to change in societal perspectives and improvements in care, such as the demolition of an abusive Oregon hospital. NEWS g+ Shaping Public Policy For decades, the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy has convened experts and decision makers who help inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care, and protect patient rights. Most recently, the symposium was host to then-U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who announced the final regulations for ensuring parity for mental health and addiction treatment in the insurance industry. Joining Mental Health Care with Primary Care In the United States, 60% of primary care patients suffer from issues compounded by mental health concerns. In just 18 months, with support from The Carter Center, the number of public, underserved patient networks offering integrated primary and mental health care grew from three to more than 20 in the state of Georgia. Help Us Build Hope in the World Donate Now at www.cartercenter.org/donate

The Carter Center Mental Health Program

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In America alone, one in four individuals may suffer from mental illness in any given year. It’s a pervasive issue yet millions don’t seek help. They may fear discrimination at work, rejection by ...

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