Mental Illness is the leading cause of disability in people ages 15 to 44 in the United States. In Tennessee alone 20% of adults experience mental illness. Data from 2018 Blue Cross Blue Shield states nearly 10% of adolescents ages 12-17 have experienced a Major Depressive Episode. Suicide is the #10 leading cause of death in Tennessee and the #2 leading cause of death for Tennesseans aged 10-14. Natisha “Our Miss" Brooks believes that this is not a party issue- it is a people’s issue. Funding should be available for the public sector, private sector, and those who are interested in owning a non-profit. She believes that Democrats and Republicans should work together to end this crisis.