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Next Gen Prevention: Our Strategic Plan

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Mental Health America remains focused on Next Generation Prevention (Next Gen), which signals our focus on the future. This focus centers our attention on the health and well-being of future generations and systemic reforms, as well as the embrace of new frontiers of science - from digital solutions to spirituality. All of this will change how we approach whole person health and healing. 

We seek radical collaborations to drive greater mental health equity and to disrupt systems where the greatest inequities persist.

Our work remains guided by the voices and wisdom of lived experience and the needs of the next generation.

As we press forward in our work, we continue to fight for and center the needs of people with lived experience through six horizon focus areas.

Horizon Focus Areas

Social Drivers of Mental Health

Next Generation Equity

We advance the understanding that addressing the social drivers of mental health are vital conditions of overall well-being. 

Next Gen Digital

Next Generation Innovation

We ensure the next wave of digital supports and services center lived experience in solutions.


Next Generation Resilience

We elevate the concepts of spirituality and consciousness in the public understanding of mental health. 

Screening 2.0

Next Generation Prevention

We explore the development of National Prevention and Screening Programs as tools that can be used by individuals, schools, payers, and/or employers.

Collective Impact

Next Generation Sustainability

We enhance the capacity of our Affiliate Network and establish strategic partnerships to expand our national reach and impact.

Substance Use

Next Generation Support

We more fully integrate substance use and mental health on a national level through advocacy, research, and public education.

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