Pain in the Nation 2022: Congressional Briefing and Webinar


July 14, 2022 • Briefing

Deaths associated with alcohol, drugs, and suicide took the lives of 186,763 Americans in 2020, a 20 percent one year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance misuse deaths ever recorded for a single year. These data are part of a report releasing today, Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths, the latest in a series of reports tracking the nation’s deaths of despair crisis produced by Trust of America’s Health and Well Being Trust.

No single program or policy will be a cure-all to address these issues. Instead, a comprehensive approach that focuses on the underlying causes of these deaths of despair can help heal individuals and communities and make them more resilient.


Trust for America’s Health

Well Being Trust


  • Schroeder Stribling
    Schroeder Stribling is the President and CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
  • Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD
    As President of Well Being Trust, Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, oversees the implementation of the foundation’s strategies and full portfolio of investments and partnerships to help Well Being Trust have a real-world impact on America’s mental health and addiction crisis.
  • Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D
    Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.


  • Dr. J. Nadine Gracia
    Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community.