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No. 754

Dispelling the Myths and Stigma of Mental Illness: The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
April 14, 2000


Richard Hegner


This paper summarizes the key findings of "Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General," which was released on December 13, 1999, by U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher. Topics include the significance of mental illness, the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment, the widespread lack of treatment, access problems and their causes, the significance of stigma, and the prevention of mental illness.

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See also the entry for the related Forum Session (April 14, 2000).

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