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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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kittendoll

My Mother 'you Dont Do What You Say Your Going To Do'

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All she does is complain and drink. She knows I have alot of issues and she knows these meds im on are making me sleep 12+ hours and im a zombie when im awake (day 3, hopfully these side effects go away soon). Then she gets all upset when I go to my room because I dont want to hear it. My living situation is going to drive me insane while I try to get better. 'why didnt you empty the car? why didnt you do the dishes? why didnt you vaccume?', 'did you have a cat in the house? (yes mother i have 5 cats in the house)'.

Then last weekened I opened up to my sister and she decided to tell my mom. There are things im not ready to talk to her about (she abused me most of my life) and other things that I dont want to talk to her about. I dont know what all my sister told her, but geez its not her place, so now I have to deal with my mom trying to talk to me 'you shouldnt think like that' ect.

I have been depressed for years and finally let it out after a break up, i cant deal with my mom while trying to deal with myself. Why cant she just understand i dont want to be bothered and im going through a hard time right now.

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Hi kittendoll,

​Sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time with your Mum. Your sister should have respected your confidentiality and let you inform your Mum in your own time. This has shaken your confidence in her and your self esteem.

Try , if you can to calmly explain to your Mother how difficult it is to handle your mental health problems when she is not giving you any support just criticism.

Try and find some mental health charities that support people in the community. They will have the time and expereince to listwn to you and perhaps some clubs and daily activities you can get involved in.

Keep as active as you can, try to see old and trusted friends (if you can) and perhaps see a close relative you get on with. In the meantime do your best to keep as positive as you can.

Try to keep yourself feeling positive and active. Read books, go for walks, care for your cats and join some groups.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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