The United States should increase public health service for mental health care. In fact they should expand services for everyone in most realms of public health. People should be able to rely on the government to provide necessary services especially when it comes to something as important as health care.
I am not in favor of opening up mental health care access to every person who perceives themselves to be depressed or have a neurosis, nor for those who say they hear voices because they have figured out it is a fast path to an SSI income. But there is a true need for increased care for schizophrenic and paranoid people, and these are the very ones who seldom seek it. We need to advance our understanding of how to treat these more seriously disturbed people, many of whom comprise the homeless people who wander our streets.
Mental health care is absolutely important, and I feel like most people do not take care of their mental health like they do with their physical health. Greater access and awareness of mental health could be very beneficial in treating physical health as well. For example, someone who has problems with stress will probably suffer from high blood pressure or heart problems or things of that nature, but if that person seeks help on how to cope with their stress, they may be able to lower their blood pressure and other health risks. It's a win-win.
There needs to be more done for people with mental health issues. First, there is still a stigma attached to mental health problems, and that needs to be addressed. Second, the cost of drugs is just too high, and for a lot of people that makes a difference in whether they can be functional and productive or not.