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Video: On 100th Anniversary, Mental Health America Declares 'It's Time for Mental Health'
Date:2/17/2009

Impact of Economy, Vet Difficulties Demonstrate Urgency; Advances in Treatments, New Policies Present Opportunities

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, the country's oldest and leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives, today called for action on urgent challenges facing the country declaring, "It's Time for Mental Health."

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Founded a century ago today, Mental Health America pointed to the negative impact of the economic crisis on families' mental health, and the difficulties faced by thousands of soldiers and returning servicemen and women who are still living with the trauma of war.

Mental Health America urged business and elected leaders to recognize the importance of mental health and invest in programs and policies so it is integral to overall health.

"We possess the knowledge and techniques that can help millions of Americans manage threats to their mental health, stay resilient and live healthy and productive lives," said David Shern, Ph.D., President and CEO of Mental Health America. "But they are not reaching the people who need them most. We cannot and should not wait for another time of trauma and tragedy to make them available. It's time for mental health."

Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, a young businessman who experienced firsthand the treatment of individuals with a mental illness, Mental Health America (then called the National Committee for Mental Hygiene) was the first association of its kind and the beginning of what we now know as the organized mental health movement in America.

In any given year, over 60 million adult Americans have a mental health condition and twe
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