After 25 years of advocating for mental illness awareness, I was enlightened today by the positive Mental Health Conference held at the White House.
One thing President Obama said was people with mental illnesses are no longer alone. The conversation that started so long ago is now a national conversation. Mental Health Matters!
This is a gigantic step for advocates. The problem with stigma, the way people with mental illnesses are treated and the availability of treatment were all addressed today at the conference.
One of the great things that has been started is MentalHealth.gov This encourages people to get help for themselves or their loved ones if needed, offers stories of hope and recovery, and will educate people about mental illnesses. It also offers a lot of other valuable information.
I would strongly encourage you to check it out and share it with people you know.