Every year since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. While progress has been made in recent years, there’s still much work to be done to eliminate the stigma around mental health and expand treatment services for patients and physicians. 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness each year, and one in 20 adults experience serious mental illness. Alternatively, just 47% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment, and 65.4% of adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2021. A 2022 report published by Indiana Family & Social Services Administration showed that the Hoosier State is on par or worse than the rest of the country in several mental-health-related categories. 

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, ISMA has written multiple articles and compiled resources for our members.   

If you need assistance, please call 1-800-257-4762 or 317-261-2060 and ask for the ISMA Physician Assistance Program staff.
CHAMP, Be Happy programs bridging gaps in mental health care
Two free consultation programs in the Hoosier State, one focused on adults and the other for youth, are closing gaps in mental health care.  

ISMA, General Assembly Advocate for Behavioral and Mental Health Improvements
Amid growing concern about Hoosiers’ behavioral and mental health, the 2023 legislative session provided a platform for the Indiana General Assembly to make meaningful changes. The General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 (Behavioral health matters) in the final days of the session, with the Indiana State Medical Association and numerous other stakeholder groups rallying around the bill in support of its passage. 

ISMA Physician Assistance Program is here to help
Help is just a phone call away. The ISMA Physician Assistance Program is here to assist physicians experiencing difficulties in their personal or professional lives.

Volunteers needed for ISMA’s new physician wellness steering committee
ISMA is looking for volunteers for a physician wellness steering committee.

Additional resources

NAMI Indiana Resources >>

Be Well Indiana >>

AMA: Behavioral Health Integration Into Primary Care >>

Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction >>

FSSA Mental Health Services >>

SEA 1 full text >>

HEA 1001 (budget) full text >>

988 Indiana >>

988 resource card >>

Indiana Behavioral Health Commission >>