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White House National Conference on Mental Health Calls for National Dialogue to Reduce Stigma
Date:6/3/2013

Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013

The National Conference on Mental Health, hosted by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, is currently underway at the White House. At the invitation of the President, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is in attendance and pleased to highlight the concept of recovery along with its importance in promoting mental health and fighting stigma. “The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is eager to add to this national dialogue and support the White House in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness,” says APNA Executive Director Nicholas Croce Jr., MS, who is representing the association at the conference. “Psychiatric mental health nurses are uniquely situated to advocate for persons with mental health concerns and to provide a message of recovery and hope to those who consider seeking treatment.”

While millions of Americans struggle with mental health issues, those who need help are too often afraid to seek it because of the shame and secrecy associated with mental illness. This conference brings together people from across the country, including mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health concerns, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma, and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health issues recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance. Concurrent with the conference, the White House has launched a website, mentalhealth.gov, which provides mental health resources and information for the general public.

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