Dr. Neal Cohen, Interim Dean, publishes a commentary in the Huffington Post “Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health”

November 1, 2012

In a moment of candor, Ann Romney recently told a television interviewer that if her husband Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, her biggest concern would be for his “mental well-being.” In a society that usually only addresses mental health through media stories of irrational acts of violence carried out by disturbed, mentally-ill individuals, these comments are refreshing and hopefully non-stigmatizing (even for a presidential candidate).

Mental health needs fly under the radar, with fewer than one-half of persons with diagnosable conditions receiving the treatment they need. While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation’s public health agenda.

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