Mental health problems affect us all. This is not surprising as these problems include a diverse range of conditions, from autism, intellectual disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in childhood, to depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and psychoses in young adults to dementia in older adults.
Who would not know at least one person, and more often several, in their intimate social networks who are struggling with a mental health problem?
Several different scientific disciplines have sought to understand and address mental health problems across the life course, from neuroscientists to clinicians to public health practitioners. A critically important voice is that of persons affected by mental health problems and their families. The goal of addressing the enormous challenges in addressing the growing crisis of poor mental health in our communities requires a dialogue between these disciplines and perspectives.
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