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Observing National Mental Health Awareness Month
A Statement by HHS Secretary
During Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the significant advances our nation has made in our understanding of mental illness and in improving support and care for individuals with mental health problems. It is also an important opportunity to renew our commitment to addressing the many challenges people with mental illness can face every day.
This past year, HHS supported a number of major initiatives to strengthen the mental health of all Americans:
- Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans now have access to affordable health care - many for the first time - and plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces are required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.
- In January, the President announced a comprehensive plan to increase access to mental health treatment and services in his Now is the Time initiative to support children, families, and communities in response to recent gun violence tragedies.
- In June, the
- In November, HHS partnered with the
For more information about mental health, visit http://www.mentalhealth.gov/
This year, our work continues. On
Recently, we also released - in conjunction with the Departments of Education and Justice - new grant opportunities to increase school-based mental health supports and to expand mental health literacy to help Americans better understand the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to access needed help.
Still, there is much work to do. Millions of Americans are impacted by mental illness. Our service men and women and their families are particularly at risk for mental and substance use disorders. Yet, many people facing these conditions are not getting the help they need. Our Department will continue to lead the effort to bring mental illness out of the shadows, improve access to care and spread the word that treatment works and recovery is possible.
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To locate mental health services in your community, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/index.aspx or call 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727).
To learn more about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014, visit: http://samhsa.gov/children or learn more about Awareness Day 2014 at the Hashtag Showcase at http://samhsa.gov/children/hashtag_showcase.asp.
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