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Mental health is an urgent public health concern

      The American Academy of Nursing endorses mental health parity and access to mental health and addiction assessment and treatment as an integrated component of health care. Furthermore, the Academy supports prevention of mental illness and substance use in our youth, very early identification and intervention when problems do occur, and easy access to care when needed. Finally, the stigma associated with mental illness must be replaced with the understanding that mental and physical health cannot be treated separately but as an integrated concern.
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