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lack of education, and unhealthy living can have a negative impact on mental health (Silverstein, 2016). In fact, those unemployed or with a lack of education have been reported to experience heightened levels of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness (Louie, n.d.). According to Felice Jacka, president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, there is evidence that suggests that healthy lifestyle choices equally important to mental health and
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POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS 7 physical health (Miller, 2015). Therefore, the mentally ill could benefit from services that focus on supported employment, education, and wellness. Another improvement recommendation regards a provision that focuses on educating the rest of society, rather than just law enforcement and medical professionals, about mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental illnesses in America, many are unaware of the nature of mental illness (Silverstein, 2016). Due to this, negative attitudes and beliefs towards people who are mentally ill are common, which is known to have harmful effects on the mentally ill. Many are reluctant to seek help and believe that they will never succeed certain challenges or cannot improve their situation (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017). Stigmatizations have caused discrimination, resulting in decreased work, school, and social activities and housing options for the mentally ill (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017). The U.S. should invest in multiple evidence-based public education and awareness programs to reduce mental illness prejudice and discrimination. A final recommendation to improve the efficacy of H.R. 2646 is to include a provision that focuses more on expanding the mental healthcare workforce.
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  • Winter '17
  • Dr. Ruth
  • mental health, Mental Health America, policy recommendations

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