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Mental health in the spotlight Thursday on Capitol Hill
The Washington Post

The federal government’s top mental health researcher told lawmakers Thursday that the country needs to do much more to apply research to improve treatments, as a Senate committee heard testimony to address comprehensive mental health legislation.

Speaking on his second-to-last day in his job as director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel said his 13-year tenure had convinced him of two “abiding truths.”

“One is that we can do much, much better than what we’re currently doing,” he said. In the field of mental illness, unlike any other disease, “there is this unconscionable gap between what we know and what we do.”