When I think about the importance of mental health services, my thoughts go to the community. I strongly believe that we all have a responsibility to protect and support those that are most vulnerable. While mental illness most certainly affects those in all demographics, this issue is at the core of nearly every other cause. Mental health affects physical health and susceptibility to disease, nutrition, education, employment, parenting, substance abuse, and overall quality of life. There is no other single cause that has such far-reaching effects on society.