Our lack of investment into a behavioral health urgent care system has created an unjust pipeline of Americans into jails and homelessness. It's costing us billions — and thousands of lives.
We must expand our vision of what qualifies as treatment in mental health. Evidence continues to show that we heal in community. Psychosocial interventions such as vocational placement, supportive housing, routine, peers, and cultural awareness are fundamental aspects of treatment.
We must build a system that meets people where they are. Let's orient the system around people's lives rather than having people oriented around the system.
Insurance companies do not treat mental health equally. They drive up costs and create disparities of access with our most vulnerable communities. This is illegal and we must hold insurers accountable.
GDW is a way to measure how we're doing as people. Happiness is woven into the Declaration of Independence, yet we have no formal national measure of our happiness and life satisfaction.
GDW comes from the 60-year old field of Happiness Economics. It is an utilized around the world in countries like the UK, Finland, Iceland, and more. GDW can help us change the incentives to more intentionally channel the forces of the economic machine to serve our well-being.
Our children are suffering and we can help them. Our schools need more mental health professionals, mental health first-aid training, and life skills like decision-making, self-management and relationship skills.
Social media apps are unregulated casinos feeding us directly into the economic machine. We must follow the policy model of casinos by creating financial accountability for the harms produced by the apps. This money will fund social programs that heal communities.