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This Is What Hillary Clinton's Mental Health Plan Means for Women

Hillary Clinton's new comprehensive mental health agenda promises to address many topics surrounding the United States' mental health crisis, ensuring its continued treatment as a national priority, beginning with the convention of a "White House Conference on Mental Health within her first year in office."

With the goal of combining both mental and physical health when it comes down to health care and treatment, Hillary Clinton proposed a plan to do each of the following:
• Bolster early examinations, diagnosis, and mediation
• Synthesize mental and physical health care systems to focus on the "whole person"
• "Improve criminal justice outcomes by training law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, and prioritizing treatment over jail for non-violent, low-level offenders."
• Require mental health equality
• Open opportunities for homes and jobs
• Advance "brain and behavioral research" to develop "safe and effective treatments"

But what exactly does this plan mean for women? Here these ways these promises, if fulfilled, will directly affect women and girls:

• According to new studies, 1 in 5 women "develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, or mental health disorders in the year after giving birth." With this known statistic, Hillary Clinton's plan ensures that "the public health and early education communities receive needed information and action steps to address maternal depression, infant mental health, and trauma and stress."
Statistics from the American College Health Association show that at some point in the last 12 months, 51 percent of female college students reported feeling things were hopeless (11 percent higher than male college students) and 64 percent of college women reported feeling overwhelming anxiety (18 percent higher than college men). Hillary Clinton's plan will ensure that college students have access to necessary mental health services.
• The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows that "females attempt suicide three times more often than males." Hillary Clinton's mental health plan aims to move toward a nation with "Zero Suicide," by creating a national initiative to put a stop to suicide.

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