Building Public Awareness and Community Support: Strategies for Prevention,
Treatment, and Recovery in Behavioral Health
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Continued progress in meeting the challenges associated with behavioral health problems in our nation depends largely on building public awareness and community support. Increased public awareness on the costs and consequences of untreated mental and substance use disorders will likely result in higher levels of community support for prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives. What are the most effective ways for those involved in the behavioral health field to reach out to their communities to build awareness and support? What are the best ways to connect with community leaders who can influence others in this endeavor? This show will examine a variety of strategies and messages for building public awareness and community support, including how the direction of health reform and the integration of behavioral health care into the primary health care setting present opportunities for progress and also challenges.