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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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Fixmylife

Depression And Being Too Serious About Life..

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hey all,hope i have permission to share whats working for me today... just started to head towards a depression and pulled myself out before it settled in... there is always somethings I could be pointlessly serious,frustrated,stressed,depressed about..."how do i pay my bills,why am i ttill single,im old,i failed,why me.." or anything else that could be yes a fact of the situation now but one of the easiest ways is to not take yourself or life too seriously im most likely not going to change my situation by going into a deep depression...

#One of the best things ove found is to get into some comedy and have a laugh,learn to laugh at yourself make it a part of your daily plan for wellness because dwelling on how you feel is not going to change anything in the world.

Its counter intuitive to seek out comedy i was actually thinking of posting the most dreary depressing status on my facebook about how sht life is when i looked up some funny an ballsy status updates...obviously completely not where my headspace was but funny in that fact that im positing something so stupid and opposite it got me out of my depression and i susspect that there at any one time is probably 10 of my friends who have fought off the urge today to post the 'whats the point of life' statuses you see so they can have a laugh aswell..

hope it works for others aswell,im a sucker for being a clown..

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I agree that reframing one's thoughts can be one of the best methods in turning a bad situation into a good one. The reframing strategy can legitimately change lives, and it is not too difficult of a concept to grasp. Rather than looking at the negatives, try to acknowledge the positives; if you're being too serious, turn it into a joke like you mentioned. It is most certainly a great way to prevent future depressive episodes and make enjoyment and happiness high priorities.

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haha yeah,as you say if you cant go for the positives go for the comedy then the positives will have an easier time of getting through..

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Sometimes when I'm with others and they ask me how I'm doing, this is where I can make it funny and tell them that everything is going wrong and I'm having a stressed out day and this and that, I think it puts others at ease when you can tell them that you have stress as well instead of hiding it.

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Nice one!.. I think with depression many of us get too serious and try to change our life conditions when it would be much easier to make life winnable by a change in our expectations..

For example someone with servere anxiety disorder might never become the ceo of a multinational corperation with his inhereted introversion,panic attacks or stress and as they say bigger is not always better and prehaps this is the case with a person predisposed to depression,If i was vertically challenged i wouldn't put the pressure on myself to be the next Jordan basketballer or perhaps the woman whos 45 and has been wanting kids of her own for the last 10years well it probably isnt going to happen at her age..so then Its probably a good idea for us to change our expectations at times in order to see what IS an opportunity in front of us..

this will take some of the heavyness away and bring in the comedy!

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