NAMI Mass Releases Results of Survey on Mental Health Attitudes; Calls on Governor-elect to Make Mental Health a Priority in his Administration
[News on an important new survey released by our friends at the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness]
On November 18, 2014, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Massachusetts chapter (NAMI Mass) held joint news conferences in Boston and Agawam, releasing the results of its statewide survey on mental health attitudes as well as a five-point proposed plan for making mental health a priority of the Baker administration’s first 100 days.
NAMI Mass commissioned Marttila Strategies to conduct the survey of 800 Massachusetts voters earlier this year. This was the first statewide survey on mental health attitudes conducted in several years and offered insight into an issue that is rarely polled, even though 54 percent of voters say someone in their family currently has or has had a mental illness. The survey also revealed that 82 percent do not believe people with mental illnesses receive the treatment they need.
“We are encouraged that so many Massachusetts voters recognize the seriousness of this issue,” said Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of NAMI Mass. “The survey demonstrates the need for Governor-elect Baker to exercise strong, innovative leadership. Massachusetts unfortunately is way behind in caring for the approximately 1.3 million residents who have – or will have – mental illness.”
The entire policy plan and survey results can be downloaded at www.namimass.org/survey.