If the law falls, Congress must reinstitute its most crucial provisions, and even if it stands we all have more to do. Insurance alone does not guarantee that people get the care they need; doctors and social workers must work to ensure that. Drug companies must refill the research pipeline for new drugs, which has been sorely neglected [see “Lifting the Black Cloud,” by Robin Marantz Henig, on page 66], and develop other treatments. And all of us should get over the stigma we still tend to attach to these conditions. The rewards will be that millions of our friends, neighbors and children will have a chance to become healthier, happier and more productive members of society.
This article was published in print as "A Neglect of Mental Illness."