Under George Washington’s ever watchful eyes in the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait, President Barack Obama on June 3 announced a very important new community campaign for a much different era. The event was an extremely-rare White House National Conference on Mental Health (hashtag #MentalHealthMatters). The President used the historical venue of the East Room to address the debilitating issue of mental illness stigma and to launch a national dialogue on mental health in order to encourage those with mental health and substance use issues to reach out and seek care.
The President and Vice President call for a new national dialogue to reduce stigma and promote care-seeking. What can you do in your own community?