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We need to talk—about depression. The World Health Organization (WHO), has chosen depression as the focus of this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017, The theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk.” For years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has encouraged open discussion about mental health through efforts like community conversations. SAMHSA applauds WHO’s efforts to take this discussion global.
People with mental and/or substance use disorders account for 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. In one year, that’s about 177 billion cigarettes—enough to stretch to the moon and back 17 times.
For some with mental illness, smoking might seem pleasurable or like a way to reduce stress. Those in recovery from substance use might worry that quitting smoking could jeopardize their abstinence from other substances. But research indicates otherwise. In fact, smoking appears to interfere with behavioral health. Quitting smoking, on the other hand, can improve mental health and addiction recovery outcomes. For example, studies show that:
Over one-half of people with mental health conditions do not receive needed treatment. Part of the challenge is identifying who needs help. That is about to change.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), in their latest recommendation statement, issued a landmark call for primary care providers to screen all adults for depression, even if they don’t have any obvious risk factors.