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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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What To Do When I Don't Want To Live Anymore?

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This life is just not worth living anymore. No family, no friends, no money, no hope, not future. No matter how much I do to help other people there is nothing for me and no one in my life. No one want me in their life except when they need something. I am so tired of being alone all the time. How do I make it all stop and go away?

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This life is just not worth living anymore. No family, no friends, no money, no hope, not future. No matter how much I do to help other people there is nothing for me and no one in my life. No one want me in their life except when they need something. I am so tired of being alone all the time. How do I make it all stop and go away?

If you feel like you are in danger of hurting yourself, call the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-784-2433 (number passing on the top of the page). I would also recommend therapy, and anit-depressants. Talk about your thoughts and feelings. We are all here for you, and we'd all love to help you in anyway we can.

-Jake

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(((((((((((Quasimodo)))))))))))

I am sorry that you are in this space. I know that you are very lonely, but I also know that you are an amazing person that helps a lot of other people.

Perhaps its time to give yourself some of that compassion to yourself?

You have us, I know that we are not right there and that we are names on a screen, but we are real people and we do care.

Your life is worth it and you don't know what tomorrow may bring, perhaps it may bring something that will be just what you have been waiting for.

As long as we have tomorrow, we have hope.

Trace

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I have the felt the same way sometimes.

Now when I get that way I go see my doctor to get on some good anti-depressant medication. It helps BIG TIME.

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This life is just not worth living anymore. No family, no friends, no money, no hope, not future. No matter how much I do to help other people there is nothing for me and no one in my life. No one want me in their life except when they need something. I am so tired of being alone all the time. How do I make it all stop and go away?

Six months ago, I was in the same place you are now. And I can't even begin to tell you how taking medication and going to therapy changed my life for the better. It's scary, I know. And I won't tell you that it's a walk in the park. I myself had to face some pretty harsh truths in therapy that I had been trying to suppress for the last 10 years. And most of the time I just wanted to give up and crawl in the corner of my room and never come out. But I toughed it out. Because I realised that I was worth it. I deserve to be the happy. And so do you :shocked:

But I have to tell you the most important thing that helped me to get through my darkest days, was having a friend to talk to. Someone who understood what I was going through, who wouldn't judge me and was there to support me 24/7. My friend Jen saved my life. And I thank her for that everyday. And I've never even met her face-to-face. She lives on the other side of the world but I know that she is always there when I need someone to talk you.

Please give yourself the opportunity to experience the joys of life. Seek help from your doctor. And find someone to talk to.

You deserve to be happy.

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I have nobody, no friends, no family, no life. I dont do anything just lay around all day and do nothing. I hate everything about myself, i just want my life over.

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