While Massachusetts ranks second in overall health, the state ranks in the lower half of the pack when it comes to behavioral health rankings, including: excessive drinking, drug deaths, frequent mental distress, and health disparities [i]. Many have been working to break the stigma around mental health, addiction, and suicide in recent years. Massachusetts has formed the Promote Prevention Commission, chaired by Representative Jim Cantwell and Senator Jen Flanagan, with 24 experts and state leaders to help develop ideas and recommendations on how to prevent behavioral health disorders. Rep. Cantwell explains, “The Commissioners and our presenters represent the brightest minds in the public and private sector across key fields—public safety, public health, healthcare, addiction, insurance, social work, and education. We’ve come together around the belief that if we can act early, we can save individuals and families from tragedy and promote a happier and healthier commonwealth.”
To learn more, visit www.promoteprevent.com.
[i] Source: America’s Health Rankings, 2016 Annual Report, American Public Health Association, with the United Health Foundation