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MARYLAND (WDVM) — While the United States adjusts to a new normal during the coronavirus outbreak with closed schools, ban on social events and increasingly high unemployment — there is another medical concern to discuss: Mental health.

WDVM is livestreaming a mental health webinar here at noon on April 18 that will provide resources and answer questions on taking care of mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Congressman David Trone (MD-06) is hosting and is joined by a panel of experts from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Featured presenters:

  • Stephanie Rosen – Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Montgomery County
  • Dr. John Draper – Executive Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Jeff Richardson – Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
  • Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana – Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Trone’s office said the nation’s mental health system is a top priority of his, outlining the following mental health initiatives:

Trone’s Freshmen Working Group on Addiction has supported dozens of mental health bills related to addiction. In June, he introduced the bipartisan Higher Education Mental Health Act, which passed the Education and Labor Committee. In November, he held a roundtable with first responders to discuss the urgent need for mental health care for those on the front lines. He has also pushed for mental health support for incarcerated individuals, introducing a bipartisan bill in February that would support mental health treatment for those in prison and returning to society.

Office of Congressman David Trone (MD-06)

According to data from 2017 provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. “In 2017, there were an estimated 46.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with AMI. This number represented 18.9% of all U.S. adults,” the institute said.