Last Monday, June 3, the White House hosted a day-long conference to help kick off a national conversation about mental health in the United States. The conference centered around three points that are integral to this conversation: reducing stigma, access to care, and the real possibility of recovery.
To aid in this aim, the White House also launched a new website, MentalHealth.gov. I encourage you to check out the website - it has great resources for those suffering from mental illness and their loved ones, includes information about mental illness in the U.S., and shares success stories from those who've received treatment.
The stories include this one by Demi Lovato, who shares her struggles with bipolar disorder and eating disorders and sends a message of hope for others who are struggling:
"For many people who suffer from a mental illness, recovery can be challenging," President Obama said at the conference. "But what helps more than anything, what gives so many of our friends and loved ones strength, is the knowledge that you are not alone. You’re not alone. You’re surrounded by people who care about you and who will support you on the journey to get well. We're here for you."
Together we can work to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness and help spread the message that recovery is possible. Click here to join conversations happening in your community. No conversation in your community to join? You can start one here.