Inseparable fights for a future where mental health policy, no longer an afterthought, helps our country thrive. Together, we will empower Americans from every town, city, and home to better care for one another by demanding and winning policy that better cares for us all.

It can feel overwhelming to experience the broken pieces of our system and frustrating to not see this crisis prioritized by our elected officials. At Inseparable, we spend a lot of time listening to understand the current state of America’s mental health. The pandemic has exposed a profound need as well as an already insufficient and often inaccessible system there to meet the demand. Millions of Americans are reporting increased rates of anxiety and depression, and rates of substance use and suicide are at unacceptable levels. The shared trauma brought on by the pandemic, a national reckoning around systemic racism, the threats of the climate crisis, and our broken approach to mental health have all laid bare the need for change.

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  • Caring – We can better care for each other by demanding a mental health policy that better cares for us.
  • Unity – The health of our minds cannot be separated from the health of our bodies, and we cannot be separated from each other on this issue.
  • Progress – We are moved by our hearts, but act with our minds, deploying skill, strategy, and innovative tactics to ensure we don’t just fight, but win.
  • Power – Together, we have the power to lift each other up. Together, we are a force. A force for help. A force for hope. A force for healing.
  • Relentless Hope – We harness our hurting for healing, to fight for a world we believe is possible: one with the mental health support we all need to thrive.

Everyone has mental health, the same as they have physical health. Mental health exists on a spectrum, and everyone goes through periods where they feel like they need help coping. There are many services — like therapy, counseling, treatment programs, and more — to alleviate suffering and enable healthier, longer, more connected lives. Often defined separately, substance use services are widely and correctly regarded as an integral aspect of mental health care. A person’s mental health needs can — and will — change with life experience, from requiring occasional support to needing lasting care.

Parity requires most insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders the same as treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. The federal government passed the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) toward righting this wrong. Unfortunately, the legislation was never properly enforced, as states are responsible for their own implementation. This reality has undoubtedly contributed to rising rates of overdoses and suicides, and has left too many without the care they’re entitled to.

The mental health support our country needs to heal is in alarmingly short supply. The existing mental health policies do not provide the access, standards, or coverage required to move forward. Inseparable’s policy agenda is different, and is based on Well Being Trust’s ‘Framework for Excellence in Mental Health and Well Being’ to do more, faster. We are for winning access to affordable, high-quality mental health care, expanding a diverse workforce, investing in proven prevention programs to foster resilience and assist children in overcoming traumatic experiences, and connecting research and innovation to frontline workers.

Join us — and start talking about the need for mental health reform with your loved ones. If we work together, we can heal from this moment. We can reform our system if we come together and demand it. We can all take care of each other. We can win.

Inseparable was launched with seed funding from Well Being Trust and a number of private individuals. We will seek support from foundations, individuals, and businesses that share our commitment to making sure every American has access to affordable, high-quality mental health care. Help us change the mental health care system together. Join our movement with a donation today.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.