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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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Does Being Depressed Make You Feel Unattractive?

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i feel like no matter what i do i look ugly. i got contacts, i got my eyebrows waxed, i tried doing my hair differently, i tried wearing nicer clothes and no matter what i still feel hideous....it sucks cause i hate feeling ugly...ugh

i feel attractive sometimes and its a nice feeling whether its true or not....

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Hi there. I feel unattractive most of the time, although I am not sure whether it stems from my depression or not. But I do feel ugly and I am very overweight, although I am at the end of a pregnancy so people say I have an excuse. I think low self-esteem is definitely a symptom of my depression, and it could be of yours too. I wish I had some good advice, but I don't. :shocked: Hope you feel better soon.

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I do too. I feel fat and gross a lot of the time, and even though my husband tells me Im gorgeous I just do NOT believe him - ever. How is it possible? I am actually overweight and feel so ugly and I dont know how anyone could look at me without cringing... You are not alone. xx

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Interesting question.

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I feel unattractive pretty much all the time.

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For me this feeling of unattractiveness has been worse since I turned 52 and began that menopause thing! Boy do I understand now why it is called the "change of life"! LOL! My whole body has dried up, but at the same time my face is infused with acne! My hair which was once silky and swayed with movement now sits on my head like a pile of straw!

Okay, on the serious side I have felt unattractive for most of my life. Double chin from genetics, the not so cute type of freckles, pale eye color, large body type (big frame) and on, and on. I also heard a lot of "you would be so pretty if you would just...(fill in the blank)" while growing up as I was the tomboy type. I seem to have an image of myself however in my mind that doesn't match with what is in the mirror...meaning I think at times I look better than I do...and that is a real shocker when I catch a glimpse of myself. It makes me feel like I am living in a dream world and can't face reality. I guess being postive about yourself is good in some ways but it really does come down to how the world sees the you visually.

I am going on being single for 8yrs now, am 53 and know that since people are visual my hopes of attracting a mate on looks alone won't get better with age (see beginning paragraph)! My ex and subsequent boy(men)friends told me they thought I was pretty but I have to admit I wondered about alterior motives! I have never had men pushing other men away to get to me and I don't turn heads when I walk into a room...in fact at times I really do feel as though men don't notice me at all (Is this really a bad thing? LOL). But then I don't want someone to like me based on superficial things either...an odd mix of thoughts and reality!

Over all I just wish I had gone with the deluxe package when the production for my body began! Or else everyone was blind! LOL!

As always be safe and believe in yourself!

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i feel attractive sometimes and its a nice feeling whether its true or not....

I got heaps of self confidence from observing "attractive confident women" who were NOT ATTRACTIVE in the classic sense. Woman like this are all around us and once you start spotting them they are truly an inspiration..

They are generally cheerful, relaxed and enthusiastic and have what Violet31 calls Charisma I guess. This is probably just positive emotional energy that they exude.

The most classically beautiful people can feel ugly! It's a state of mind which actually makes you unattractive. Think of the word "attractive" it means to attract...and you cannot doubt that happy, friendly, kind people are the most attractive people.

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I go through the same thing. I will admit the reason why therapy did not work out for me was because I felt like I was told it was a self image issue when I can look in the mirror and see nothing but ugliness.

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I've been told I was good looking by many people, and then some Biotch last year called me ugly which I used to dwell on. It's funny how you remember the bad more than the good. The more depressed I am the more ugly I feel... so I guess it goes hand in hand for me. I used to be overly confident, but the last year or 2 I've been "humbled". I've been told smiling makes people more attractive, which is true. Everyone likes being around happy people, and if you smile at someone they'll most likely smile back, it's contagious. I hate going out when I'm in a bad mood though... when I'm in a good mood it's the opposite. Whether it's related to anxiety, depression, lack of self confidence - I have no idea. I've ordered a few books on amazon that I'm going to read to help with inecurity, as well as one I was recommended last week "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burnes which I'm looking forward to reading, quite possibly this afternoon since it looks like it's finally going to be a decent day out.

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That Feeling Good book is pretty good. I need to take time to read it again.

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I've been called ugly all my life through school wether it was joking or not and i took it to heart, but yeah when since i became depressed i cringe when i look in the mirror. I don't know too many people who find themselves really attractive though.

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