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Obama Spotlights Mental Health


President Barack Obama shakes hands with Janelle Montano, a public mental health speaker for ActiveMinds, at a conference on mental health at the White House in Washington, DC, June 3, 2013

Continuing his administration’s efforts to address gun violence and mental health in the wake of last year’s Newtown school shootings, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged that his administration will help “bring mental illness out of the shadows.”

“There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love,” he said in opening remarks at a White House conference on mental health awareness. “We’ve got to get rid of that embarrassment, we’ve got to get rid of that stigma. Too many Americans who struggle with illnesses are still suffering in silence rather than seeking help.”

Read more about the President's remarks here.


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  • Wendy Guillen from Active Minds at Florida International University says:

    wendy_guillen_fiu"Active Minds is here to make a difference, to try to fight against stigma, and to hopefully save someone from committing suicide. Every day that we spend advocating is a day closer to helping or saving someone's life, even if it is just one person at a time."