The White House held a meeting on June 3, 2013, as part of the National Conference on Mental Illness. This conference brings awareness to mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression and schizophrenia to name a few. At the meeting, President Obama recognized the efforts of the private sector and non-profit organizations in combating psychological illness through five key areas:
- Raising public awareness of mental illness through various media platforms;
- Educating students and adults who work with youth to recognize the signs of mental illness in kids and making the proper referrals for treatment;
- Providing mental health care providers with the proper tools to screen for psychiatric issues and helping the providers raise awareness in their own communities;
- Organizing meetings with mental health experts and community leaders to improve access to care and raise awareness; and
- Starting conversations within local religious communities to help people be aware of mental illness and improve access to care.
Finally, the federal government launched a new website, mentalhealth.gov as a another tool for mental health awareness, treatment, and resources.
If you are suffering from a mental illness, you may qualify for disability benefits if you are unable to perform even unskilled work. Call Cuddigan Law for a free evaluation of your claim, 402-933-5405