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ACNP World Mental Health Day Congressional Breakfast Briefing

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Rayburn House Office Building

2075 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, DC

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In recognition of World Mental Health Day (October 10th), The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) is hosting a breakfast legislative briefing to illustrate how neuroscience research informs efforts in treating common mental health problems such as depression and suicide. Suicide is a preventable public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.

Greater investment in suicide prevention research is needed to stop the untimely deaths of thousands of Americans each year. According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 18.29% of adults struggle with a mental health problems annually, this equals to 43.7 million Americans. Out of that number, the study also reports that 56% of American adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment.

The overall goals of the briefing will be to promote public understanding and knowledge of the social, mental, and fiscal impacts of suicide and depression, expand the continuing dialogue on breaking the stereotypes of receiving care for depression and suicide, and foster a discussion on the economic and fiscal impacts of suicide and depression. Because mental health disorders cross party lines, ACNP believes these findings signal a valuable time for policymakers to address these issues.

If you have any questions please contact Jasper Hendricks via email at jhendricks@parthenenonmgmt.com or phone (615) 324-2360

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