The United States is facing a mounting mental health crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread economic anxieties. Demand for mental health services has been escalating, and concerns are rising over the impact of the pandemic on students, who are still coping with the effects of school closures and isolation. As the 2022 midterm elections draw near, what can policymakers do to advance mental health care, especially for at-risk populations?
Although improving access to mental health services has bipartisan support among Republicans and Democrats, few policymakers have made it a major focus of their campaigns. At this webinar, the first of a three-part series on health policy and the 2022 midterm elections, panelists considered how policymakers can destigmatize mental health issues in policy debates and discussions with voters. They also covered topics including the accessibility of mental health care services, COVID-19's impact on mental health conversations and the evolution of voter attitudes toward mental illness.
This webinar was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Child Health Policy Program and The Hackett Center for Mental Health. Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerMentalHealth.
2:00 p.m. — Welcome and Introductions
2:10 p.m. — Panel Discussion
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Christopher Kulesza, Ph.D.
Scholar, Child Health Policy Program, Baker Institute
Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
The Honorable Tom Oliverson, M.D.
Texas Representative, House District 130; Chair, House Insurance Committee, Texas House of Representatives
Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Executive Director, The Hackett Center for Mental Health; Nonresident Fellow in Child Health Policy, Baker Institute