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National Council Hill Day – October 19, 2023

The National Council Hill Day is observed on October 19 annually. On this day, advocates can directly interact with policymakers regarding funding programs for mental health issues and substance abuse. Healthcare professionals have the opportunity to hear from policy experts, learn about Capitol Hill activities, and create a change through advocacy initiatives. You can also make a difference by advocating for mental health policies that will benefit those affected.

History of National Council Hill Day

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is an organization that was established in 1969. This group intends to influence public policy and social change on behalf of more than ten million children, adults, and families, assisted by over 3,100 organizations that support and provide help and treatment for substance abuse and mental problems.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing advocates the adoption of necessary policies that would ensure that everyone has access to quality services. It tries to improve the level of treatment for both substance abuse and mental health issues. It also seeks to actively increase public awareness of the importance of mental health as a primary factor in holistic health and medical treatment. They have educated over 2.6 million people in the United States through their Mental Health First Aid, or M.H.F.A. program. As a result of this training, these people can recognize, comprehend, and respond effectively to signs and symptoms of mental health and drug use concerns.

This organization strives for the introduction and up-gradation of laws that would save lives and fortify the safety net for substance abuse and mental health. It also encourages lawmakers to invest in provider capacity; increase mental health literacy; and develop a robust, well-funded, and inclusive approach to the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse. Besides that, it acts as the unifying voice of organizations all across the United States that deliver services in these areas.

National Council Hill Day timeline

1946
National Institute of Mental Health

After the signing of the National Mental Health Act, President Harry Truman conceives the National Institute of Mental Health on July 3.

1949
Formal Establishment

Official operations of the National Institute of Mental Health begin on April 15.

2004
First National Council Hill Day

The first National Council Hill Day is held.

2008
Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

This act states that the benefits for mental health or substance abuse must be at par with those provided by standard medical insurance.

National Council Hill Day FAQs

Where can I go to receive inpatient care?

You will benefit from inpatient treatment if you are in a crisis. Drug usage, new symptoms, or the need for help is taken care of by inpatient care.

What steps should I take if I have concerns about a close friend or relative?

This might be affected by the relationship you have with them. To begin with, it would be beneficial to encourage someone to seek the necessary support by offering gentle encouragement.

How many different mental health disorders are there?

There are currently about 200 recognized mental health illnesses. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or D.S.M. is a resource that categorizes and diagnoses mental health disorders. It contains more than 450 different classifications of these conditions.

How to Observe National Council Hill Day

  1. Request policymakers

    The National Council Hill Day is an opportunity to urge policymakers to invest in programs that address mental health and substance abuse. We love it for that!

  2. Attend panels

    To stay informed, listen to panel discussions on government policies. Look out for ones targeted at reducing substance abuse, increasing access to treatment, and boosting the healthcare workforce.

  3. Share on social media

    You can spread awareness on social media. This will increase the reach and importance of this day.

5 Interesting Facts About Mental Illness

  1. Mental health spending

    Prescription medicines and outpatient treatment account for the majority of mental health spending.

  2. Treatment

    Treatment for mental illness is more difficult to obtain than other medical care.

  3. Expensive

    Mental health care is expensive, and many people avoid treatment because of the cost factor.

  4. Billions of dollars

    Every year, the U.S. spends between $113 and $600 billion on mental healthcare and substance abuse, respectively.

  5. People affected

    More than 43 million people in the United States are afflicted with some form of mental disease.

Why National Council Hill Day is Important

  1. Advocacy

    Advocacy can be done on behalf of the people who require it. People can gather to ensure meaningful change is enacted on their behalf.

  2. Policy change

    This day provides a way to alter policies that may not work for those with mental health issues and implement new policies that benefit the needy. See if you can suggest adjustments to policies to lawmakers and make a difference.

  3. Support

    People can approach these lawmakers regarding issues in the mental health system. This is very important as policymakers can offer support by ensuring policies that are beneficial to patients.

National Council Hill Day dates

YearDateDay
2023October 19Thursday
2024October 19Saturday
2025October 19Sunday
2026October 19Monday
2027October 19Tuesday

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