THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
TIPPER GORE APPLAUDS THE FIRST-EVER SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH, URGES AMERICANS EXPERIENCING MENTAL PROBLEMS TO SEEK TREATMENT
Landmark Report Documents A "Scientific Revolution" in Mental Health
Research and Services
Today, Tipper Gore, joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Surgeon General David Satcher to release the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health. This historic report documents that a range of effective treatments exist for most mental disorders, yet nearly half of all Americans who have a severe mental illness fail to seek treatment. The report also focuses on the connection between mental health and physical health, barriers to receiving mental health treatment and the specific mental health issues of children, adults and the elderly.
"The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health provides a historic opportunity to deepen America's understanding of mental health, " said Tipper Gore, the President's advisor on mental health. "Everyday, in all of our communities, millions of Americans face mental illness. It is an issue that touches us all. This report underscores the need to continue to strengthen our nation's mental health system and fight the stigma associated with mental illness so all Americans can get the treatment and services they need to live full and productive lives."
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFER FROM MENTAL DISORDERS. One in five Americans is living with a mental health disorder. Four out of the 10 leading causes of disability for people over the age of five are mental disorders. Major depression is the leading cause of disability among developed nations and manic depressive illness, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder also rank at the top. Mental disorders are also tragic contributors to mortality, with suicide perennially representing one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. About 15 percent of adults use some form of mental health service in any year.
LANDMARK SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDES NEW OPPORTUNITY TO DISPEL MYTHS AND IMPROVE TREATMENT. The first Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health being released today: - Documents that mental illnesses are diagnosable and new effective treatments offer more options than ever before. The report documents that mental illnesses are diagnosable conditions that impact Americans across the lifespan. It also reports that over the last two decades a revolution in science and service delivery has broadened the understanding of mental health and illness and has dramatically improved the way mental health care is treated. The efficacy of mental health treatments is well documented and a range of treatments and delivery strategies exist for most mental disorders.
THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION'S LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH.
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