Each year, less than half of the 26 percent of all American adults with mental health problems receive the treatment they require to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

The effects of this national failure can be felt throughout schools, the workplace, family life and the criminal justice system, said Allen. Without a comprehensive mental health system focused on mental wellness and prevention, America faces increased numbers of people with untreated mental illnesses, at an even greater cost to society as a whole, she said.

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