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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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Suicide Support Hotlines And Information For Canada

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Canada Suicide Hotlines

CANADA Suicide & Crisis Hotlines. Crisis Counselors National Hotline 1-800-448-3000 . TTY - National Hotline 1-800-448-1833

Distress Centres Ontario
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Niagara
Hotline: +1 (905) 688 3711
Hotline: 905 734 1212/905 382 0689
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Telecare Distress Centre Brampton
Hotline: +1 (905) 459 7777
Website: telecarebrampton.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
Hotline: 1 800 465 4442
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Durham
Hotline: +1 (905) 433-1121
Website: distresscentredurham.com

(DCO) Telecare Distress Centre Etobicoke
Hotline: +1(416) 247-5426
Website: webhome.idirect.com/~tdce

(DCO) Distress Line Grey & Bruce
Hotline: 1 888 371 8485
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Tel-Aide Jewish Distress Centre
Hotline: ++ 1 (416) 636-9610
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Hamilton
Hotline: ++ 1 (905) 525-8611
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Distress Centre London & District
Hotline: +1 (519) 667-6711
Website: londondistresscentre.com

(DCO) North Halton Distress Centre
Hotline: +1 (905) 877-1211
Website: dcontario.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Oakville
Hotline: +1 (905) 849 4541
Website: distresscentreoakville.com/

(DCO) Distress Centre Ottawa & Region
Hotline: +1 (613) 238 3311
Website: dcottawa.on.ca

(DCO) Tel-Aide Outaouais
Hotline: +1 (613) 741 6433
Hotline: 1 800 567 9699
Website: tel-aide-outaouais.org
E-mail Helpline: plume@tel-aide-outaouais.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Peel
Hotline: +1 (905) 278 7208
Website: distresscentrepeel.com

(DCO) Distress Centre Sarnia-Lambton
Hotline: +1 (519) 336 3000
Website: familycounsellingcentre.ca/home.cfm

(DCO) Distress Centres of Toronto
Hotline: +1 (416) 408 4357
Website: torontodistresscentre.com

DCO) Distress Centre Wellington/Dufferin
Hotline: +1 (519) 821 3760
Website: dc-wd.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Wellington/Dufferin
Hotline: +1 (519) 821 3760
Website: dc-wd.org

(DCO) Distress Centre Windsor/Essex
Hotline: +1 (519) 256-5000
Website: dcwindsor.com
E-mail Helpline: support@dcwindsor.com

(DCO) Telephone Aid Line Kingston
Hotline: +1 (613) 544 1771
Website: http://members.kingston.net/talk

Suicide Action Montreal
2345 est. rue Belanger
H2G 1C9
Hotline: (514) 723 4000
Website: suicideactionmontreal.qc.ca

Chimo Helpline Inc.
PO Box 1033
NB E3B 5C2
Contact by: - Phone
Hotline: Fredericton Area: 450-HELP (4357)
Hotline: Toll free provincial helpline: 1-800-667-5005

Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canada)
426 - 6th Street South
T1J 2C9
Contact by: - Phone
Hotline: 403 327 7905
24 Hour service:

For all Waterloo, Wellington & Dufferin:
crisis Hotline: 1-844-HERE247
website www.cmhawwd.ca

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