ColumnsThe Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems; Working Toward Solutions: Part 1. Defining the CrisisPLAKUN, ERIC M. MDAuthor Information PLAKUN: Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA and Founder, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Washington, DC The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: January 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 52-57 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000438 Buy Metrics Abstract This column is the first in a series summarizing the 2-day Centennial Conference of the Austen Riggs Center. The conference framed problems in access to care and in the nature of care provided that are part of a mental health crisis in America, and then worked to propose solutions. This column focuses on framing the problems and on beginning to address what it might take to “bend the curve” in mental health outcomes. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.