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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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7 Ways To Make Yourself Happier In The Next Hour

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7 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next Hour

You can make yourself happier

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I LOVE THIS, LINDSAY!!

:hearts:I'm going to refer to it often.

I love how simple and manageable the suggestions are! :bump:

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Some excellent ideas here :hearts: especially number 2. I know when you feel depressed sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is to make the effort to meet a friend.

I was a bit like that today. I offered to meet somebody that I had only met once before and her sister[ whom I had never met ] for coffee. They had come from London to my town for the day so I met up with them and showed them around too. I made myself go but I really enjoyed it!!!

I do have to push myself at times.

love Daisychain.

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I meant to start doing a lot of those things today, at least all but part of number 7...I haven't SMILED since 1986.

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I know how much #7 is true...at my job I have to be friendly and approachable, making me have to force a lot of smiles...and usually I feel at least a little better after a few hours of this.

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I'm printing this one and keeping it nearby

I need some simple strategies to help me feel like I can do this!

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Thanks,love this esp no.4 as I know that by doing this really helps me.

Will be printing this out. :hearts:

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Some good suggestions there. I often go for a short jogs because it makes me feel better. I also like sticking close to friends because really they're pretty much the only thing that keeps me happy.

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I found that I do pace often, when I am desperate for something to help me.... I can't force a smile on my face though... it might as well hurt.

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the "acting happy" thing definitely worked for me...it's tough sometimes to force myself to do it though. and i still feel alone but it helps! haha..so doe s reaching out to a friend

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Thanks for this , I have made a copy for frequent reading , and smile practising !!

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And when none of this does a D*** thing?

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I just came across this post right now, but I just done a few of those things and feel pretty good at the moment.

Thanks Lindsay, I think its a super post!!!

HUGS

Isabeau :hearts:

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numbers six on seven on that list are great and are quite easy ti achieve on this site. i'd urge everyone to look through the forums and find someone that they can offer support or advice to. it will hopefully make the recipient feel better and helping someone (even someone you don't know) can lift your spirit.

Great list Lindsay

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numbers six on seven on that list are great and are quite easy ti achieve on this site. i'd urge everyone to look through the forums and find someone that they can offer support or advice to. it will hopefully make the recipient feel better and helping someone (even someone you don't know) can lift your spirit.

Great list Lindsay

Thank you blue :hearts:

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Awesome stuff! I think I've gone after these goals at one time or another to try to alleviate some of my depression, but I've never seen them all nicely listed and briefly explained before ... it's so nice to have a little structure in what seems like such a chaotic time in my life, and to have all of these helpful hints available in one reference is really astounding ... this could be the stuff that guides me through a much less painful winter ... putting some positive spin on that, it could actually leave me feeling content and joyful. Good stuff!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

P.S. I printed it out! I never print anything out! :D

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I just found this topic, I like it a lot and all of those things are so true! Before I came into school I did all of those except 4 and I feel really great. Especially the walking helps me, and setting up lunch dates w/ friends(which is this Thurs =)

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Thanks Lindsay,

As soon as I read this, I went out with a bag and pulled out a whole heap of weeds, felt better until I saw how many there were!!!!!!!!

Well, It will give more more to do

Have a beautiful day

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I love 1-6 but 7 irks me a bit.

I spent years pretending to be happier than I am to keep up appearances. When days came by when I couldn't be happy bubbly me everyone would ask what's wrong and some people even said they missed happy me. Nothing makes you feel worse than to think that people prefer the fake you to the real you.

#6 is my favorite. I always feel better after making a stranger at the drive through smile or letting someone out in a difficult to cross intersection. The little things make more of an effect on my day than anything else.

Just my $0.02

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Yes I like these type of tasks - simple and straightforward and a challenge to apply in one hour - Great Stuff

Jim Bow

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This is helpful for me except number 6. I don't know how to do a good deed without screwing it up (I have been trying and found out that I upset 5 people in only 3 months and can't seem to fix it). I know that most of those will greately help me though. Thanks for this! I will refer to it often!

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Well I have printed this out and applied it for the last 2 weeks with great effect.

Jim Bow

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Might try some.

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This is a great thread! Very upbeat. I hope I can find my way back here. I saw a place where you can "watch" certain forums here. Anyway, today I'm going to go see a movie with a friend. I always enjoy seeing her and it will be great to get out of the house. Very good suggestions. Thanks! I'm new here, and I have found that when we connected to a group of people that are wanting to move towards a healthier lifestyle, it's motivating. It's like we have been shipwrecked and we are all helping each other survive and get to safety.

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This is a great thread! Very upbeat. I hope I can find my way back here. I saw a place where you can "watch" certain forums here. Anyway, today I'm going to go see a movie with a friend. I always enjoy seeing her and it will be great to get out of the house. Very good suggestions. Thanks! I'm new here, and I have found that when we connected to a group of people that are wanting to move towards a healthier lifestyle, it's motivating. It's like we have been shipwrecked and we are all helping each other survive and get to safety.

Welcome to DF Hopeflulx. I agree. Its a great thread. They have many here. I'm glad to you are going out to see a movie with a friend. Have fun.

Lindahurt

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