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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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hateandlove

Always Bored

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I am always bored no matter what i do. I do a lot of stuff, and i am extremely active and social, but nothing takes this boring unsatisfying feeling away. Is there anything I can do about this, or will i just have to deal with this my whole life?

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Everyone has to cope with boredom soemtimes, but no I do't think you have to feel the way you do. It is natural for soemone who is bored to struggle against that boredom, so accepting your boredom is probably not the easiest way. My advice, for what it's worth (I feel a little guilty about giving advice often as my own life is sooften in disarry) is thta soemthign probably needs to change. You have active and social lifestyle, but maybe there are still soem changes you would liek to make? If not the problem may well be with your thought patterns and perhaps you should examine them to try to find out what makes you bored.

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i don't know what you believe, but for me, it's what i call the "god void" where i'm not thirsty, not hungry, don't want a cigarette, don't want to sleep, don't want to go anywhere, but am still not content... it means for me i need to take care of myself spiritually- whatever that means to you... just what i think, hope it helps..

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bijou

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hateandlove,

I understand what you mean. That "boredom" and constant feeling of dissatisfaction is one of the most common and frustrating symptoms of depression. I don't think this is something you "have to" deal with your whole life. It goes hand-in-hand with your depression & recovery. Keep looking for something that works for you (whether that's meds, talk therapy, both...).

In addition, maybe try some new things? It's great that you're active and social, but maybe these activities and relationships are not satisfying what you need right now in your life. I'm not saying you should ditch them altogether, but maybe make some subtle changes. I would also recommend keeping a journal, which will help you to reflect and find meaning in your everyday life.

Personally, my life is stuck in an awful rut. I try to keep my mind sharp by learning and reading as much as I can every day and reminding myself that my life doesn't have to resemble anyone else's to be fulfilling. Also, writing in my journal reminds me of the things in my life that I can be grateful for.

Take care! :hearts:

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I know what you mean. Whenever I'm feeling depressed, I have this feeling of being stuck. I'm usually sitting at the computer bored out my mind and wanting something more. But I don't actually feel like doing anything that comes to mind. This usually cycles me further into feeling hopeless and worthless, which is the worst time for me.

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With depression comes boredom or the lack of joy/pleasure in things. With proper MH treatment, you won't always feel like you do. I'm home 24/7 and have daily repetitive chores taking care of all my animals. I don't get bored as each animal has its distinct personality. Every lamb born (Dec. through May) comes as a surprise. Sometimes lambs have to be bottle fed when the ewe abandons them. I don't live close into town and am rather isolated from social activities. When I start to feel bored, I find something that challenges me mentally or psysically. You might try challenging yourself with something new.

Sheepwoman

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I volunteer 2 days a week at a local Senior Center. I walk two miles a day and pick up litter in my neighborhood. Volunteering and walking help keep me from getting bored.

Doug

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I feel like this a lot of the time, unless I'm with a good friend or scrapbooking, which I have just recently taken up. It's the only thing that I've gotten excited about in a long while. I think boredom and dissatisfaction are the nature of the disease.

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