A Message from the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy
On Monday, February 4th, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued an editorial calling upon all of America to "bring mental illness out of the shadows".

The following were the main points of her message:

  • The majority of Americans with mental health conditions are not violent.
  • When untreated mental illness does result in a crisis of violence, most often the violent act is self-harm - suicide.
  • Today, mental health treatment is effective, as proven by the tens of millions of Americans with mental illness who are living healthy and dynamic lives.
  • While increasing access to mental health care is important, equally important is changing the culture of silence and stigma that pervades our communities.
  • We must all join a national dialogue to eradicate the fear and shame surrounding mental illness and seeking mental health treatment.

What can you do as an individual?
Embrace these points and make them a part of your own discourse. Use them as talking points everywhere you go - in conversations at the lunch table, at PTA meetings, at sports games...anywhere. With each of us engaging in true grassroots advocacy at the most personal level, we can help release mental health from the dark ages and into a present where knowledge and hope trump ignorance and fear.

Read Secretary Sebelius' full article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/02/04/kathleen-sebelius-on-mental-health-care/1890859/

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