Presidential Proclamation — National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2013

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President Barack Obama addresses the mental health issue for National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Americans struggle with depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder.  President Obama stresses the fact that there is help out there but not enough people are aware of how to get it.  Obama states  “During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we shine a light on these issues, stand with men and women in need, and redouble our efforts to address mental health problems in America.” It is great that mental health is a topic of concern this month, but it actually needs more attention throughout the year.

What can people do if they are suffering from a mental health condition?
As a Nation, it is up to all of us to know the signs of mental health issues and lend a hand to those who are struggling.

To find treatment services nearby, call 1-800-662-HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate assistance for all Americans, including service members and veterans, at 1-800-273-TALK.

The Affordable Care Act will expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and Federal parity protections for 62 million Americans.  President Obama has proposed new funding that can help teachers and adults recognize signs of mental illness in children, and improve mental health outcomes for young people and train 5,000 more mental health professionals to serve our youth.

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