Attitudes toward mental illness in Massachsuetts

More than 90% of Massachusetts voters surveyed believe mental health is an issue.

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP)- The National Alliance on Mental Illness released the results of a statewide survey on mental health attitudes Tuesday.

A statistical analysis group- Marttila Strategies- asked 800 Massachusetts voters questions on mental illness.

Analyst for Marttila Strategies, Kevin Driscoll said, “It’s an issue that isn’t talked about enough but many many people experience and thats backed up by our data, which is very important to make sure we can take steps forward to deal with the issue.”

More than 90% of Massachusetts voters surveyed believe mental health is an issue. And two thirds of voters believe the government is not doing a good enough job addressing mental health.

54% of Massachusetts residents surveyed said they have or have had a member with mental illness and 21% have a mental illness themselves.

NAMI has optimism that Governor-Elect Charlie  Baker will take the numbers into consideration with his background as the head of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in the 90’s.

“We hope this survey is going to inform Governor-Elect Baker that we really want to see mental illness play a high priority in his administration, and so one of the things that we’ve also published is what we want to see in the first 100 days of the Baker administration,” Laurie Martinelli, the Executive Director of NAMI Mass. said.

NAMI has asked Baker to consider a plan to create a mental health and addiction transition committee, devote time in his inaugural address to improve mental health, and propose funding for mental health in the 2015 budget.

The five point plan for Governor-Elect Baker has been given to the incoming administration and NAMI is now waiting for commitment.

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