National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015, 25891-25892 [2015-10896]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 86 / Tuesday, May 5, 2015 / Presidential Documents 25891 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9267 of April 30, 2015 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation This year, approximately one in five American adults—our friends, colleagues, and loved ones—will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress, and many others will be troubled by significant emotional and psychological distress, especially in times of difficulty. For most of these people, treatment can be effective and recovery is possible. Yet today, millions of Americans still do not receive the care they need. This month, we stand with those who live with mental illness, and we recommit to ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable care. In the past decade, our Nation has made extraordinary progress in recognizing severe psychological distress and diagnosing and treating mental illness, and my Administration is committed to building on that success. The Affordable Care Act extends mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections to over 60 million Americans. Protections under the law also prohibit insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions like a diagnosis of mental illness and require most insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services without copays, including behavioral assessments for children and depression screenings. As part of the BRAIN Initiative, we are funding innovative research that aims to revolutionize our understanding of conditions that affect the brain, such as mental health disorders, and to improve the lives of all who live with them. And we continue to invest in community health centers, enabling them to expand access to mental health services where they are needed most. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D6 As Americans, we have a sacred obligation to provide those who suffer from the invisible wounds of war with the support they have earned. Earlier this year, I was proud to sign the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which authorized additional steps to address mental health and prevent suicide among veterans. This law will build on my Administration’s ongoing work to bolster mental health services for service members, veterans, and their families. We recently established a new policy that will ensure the continuity of mental health medications during service members’ transitions to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and we took action to make certain those receiving mental health care are connected to mental health professionals as they transition to the VA or a community provider. My Administration has also worked to increase the number of counselors available to our veterans and to expand the capacity of the Veterans Crisis Line. Despite how common it is to experience severe psychological distress, substance use problems, and mental illness, there is still considerable stigma associated with mental health treatment. This month, we must bring mental illness out of the shadows and encourage treatment for those who might benefit; it is our shared responsibility to recognize the signs of psychological and emotional distress and to support those in need. We must strive to remove the stigma around mental illness and its treatment, overcome fear and misunderstanding, and make sure all those dealing with a mental health issue know they are not alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness— taking action to help yourself is a sign of strength. If you or someone VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 May 04, 2015 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MYD6.SGM 05MYD6 25892 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 86 / Tuesday, May 5, 2015 / Presidential Documents you know is in need of immediate assistance, call 1–800–662–HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also offers immediate assistance for all Americans, including service members and veterans, at 1–800–273–TALK. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. [FR Doc. 2015–10896 Filed 5–4–15; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 May 04, 2015 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MYD6.SGM 05MYD6 OB#1.EPS</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D6 Billing code 3295–F5

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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-10896]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 86 / Tuesday, May 5, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

[[Page 25891]]


                Proclamation 9267 of April 30, 2015

                
National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                This year, approximately one in five American adults--
                our friends, colleagues, and loved ones--will 
                experience a diagnosable mental health condition like 
                depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, 
                or post-traumatic stress, and many others will be 
                troubled by significant emotional and psychological 
                distress, especially in times of difficulty. For most 
                of these people, treatment can be effective and 
                recovery is possible. Yet today, millions of Americans 
                still do not receive the care they need. This month, we 
                stand with those who live with mental illness, and we 
                recommit to ensuring all Americans have access to 
                quality, affordable care.

                In the past decade, our Nation has made extraordinary 
                progress in recognizing severe psychological distress 
                and diagnosing and treating mental illness, and my 
                Administration is committed to building on that 
                success. The Affordable Care Act extends mental health 
                and substance use disorder benefits and parity 
                protections to over 60 million Americans. Protections 
                under the law also prohibit insurers from denying 
                coverage because of pre-existing conditions like a 
                diagnosis of mental illness and require most insurance 
                plans to cover recommended preventive services without 
                copays, including behavioral assessments for children 
                and depression screenings. As part of the BRAIN 
                Initiative, we are funding innovative research that 
                aims to revolutionize our understanding of conditions 
                that affect the brain, such as mental health disorders, 
                and to improve the lives of all who live with them. And 
                we continue to invest in community health centers, 
                enabling them to expand access to mental health 
                services where they are needed most.

                As Americans, we have a sacred obligation to provide 
                those who suffer from the invisible wounds of war with 
                the support they have earned. Earlier this year, I was 
                proud to sign the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which authorized 
                additional steps to address mental health and prevent 
                suicide among veterans. This law will build on my 
                Administration's ongoing work to bolster mental health 
                services for service members, veterans, and their 
                families. We recently established a new policy that 
                will ensure the continuity of mental health medications 
                during service members' transitions to care at the 
                Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and we took action 
                to make certain those receiving mental health care are 
                connected to mental health professionals as they 
                transition to the VA or a community provider. My 
                Administration has also worked to increase the number 
                of counselors available to our veterans and to expand 
                the capacity of the Veterans Crisis Line.

                Despite how common it is to experience severe 
                psychological distress, substance use problems, and 
                mental illness, there is still considerable stigma 
                associated with mental health treatment. This month, we 
                must bring mental illness out of the shadows and 
                encourage treatment for those who might benefit; it is 
                our shared responsibility to recognize the signs of 
                psychological and emotional distress and to support 
                those in need. We must strive to remove the stigma 
                around mental illness and its treatment, overcome fear 
                and misunderstanding, and make sure all those dealing 
                with a mental health issue know they are not alone. 
                Asking for help is not a sign of weakness--taking 
                action to help yourself is a sign of strength. If you 
                or someone

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                you know is in need of immediate assistance, call 1-
                800-662-HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
                also offers immediate assistance for all Americans, 
                including service members and veterans, at 1-800-273-
                TALK.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as National 
                Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, 
                government agencies, organizations, health care 
                providers, and research institutions to raise mental 
                health awareness and continue helping Americans live 
                longer, healthier lives.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2015-10896
Filed 5-4-15; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F5