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Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Every May, National Mental Health Awareness month raises awareness about mental illness and educates the public about mental health. The goal is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, encourage research, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. While one in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

In January 2020, Research!America commissioned a survey to better understand the opinions of Americans regarding federal support for current research efforts.

As part of ongoing work to keep a finger of the pulse of public opinion, Research!America has commissioned numerous questions over the years to determine what Americans know about vaccines and immunization as well as how they feel about vaccines and vaccine safety.

When asked about the importance of elected officials at all levels listening to advice from scientists, a strong majority (90%) of respondents say that it is “somewhat important” or “very important”.

In January 2020, our survey asked: "How important is it for scientists to inform the public about their research and its impact on society?" In response, 9 in 10 Americans indicate that it is "very" or "somewhat" important for scientists to inform the public about their research. 

For more than 30 years, Research!America has focused on making health and medical research as a higher national priority. Year after year, our public opinion surveys have shown that the public also places this high value on research. 

National Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2019. 800,000 individuals die worldwide due to suicide every year, and suicide costs Americans an estimated $50.8 billion in lifetime medical and work-loss cuts annually. The total economic burden from suicide and self-inflicted injuries was estimated to be over $70 billion annually. (Fact Sheet)

As Research!America staff developed questions for our 2019 national public opinion survey, we reflected on the incredible progress in health and research in the 30 years since the organization was founded. We wanted to know: what did the American people think?

Most Important Medical Achievements of the Last 30 Years

What would you say was the single most important medical achievement of the past 30 years? (Choose one)

Research!America's efforts continue to show that unless we make research and innovation a higher national priority, we will fall behind our competitors globally. 

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