This is a summary from the mental health dialogue hosted in Kansas City. Creating Community Solutions: Part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Sept. 21, 2013
Mental health disorders are among the most common chronic diseases - more common than cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The good news is effective treatment is available. With treatment, most people recover from mental disorders and go on to have jobs, raise families and play important roles in our communities. However, despite the availability of effective treatments, there are often long delays – sometimes even decades – between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment.
Unfortunately, the few treatment options available for the most vulnerable populations are becoming more and more limited. Community mental health centers are overburdened, and public support is increasingly scarce in the face of continued funding reductions. At the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, mental health is one of our three grant priority areas.