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Napolitano Recognizes World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement recognizing World Mental Health Day:

“Today we continue to take our fight to end stigma to the global stage, joining advocates from all over the world to promote mental wellness in our daily lives. This year’s focus on mental health in the workplace is so critical with the economic cost of depression in the U.S. estimated at $210.5 billion annually; responsible for nearly half of this total are workplace absenteeism and presenteeism—reduced productivity at work. The human cost is often far worse, as the workplace is a common source of stress and pressure that can impact our mental well-being. We must continue to educate ourselves and learn the warning signs and symptoms of mental illness, so we are able to catch problems before they escalate. All of our combined efforts are needed to erase stigma, to ensure our coworkers, employers, and loved ones know it is always okay to seek help. Recent strides in mental health parity laws and changing attitudes among the public have raised the profile of mental health in the U.S. and around the world, but we still have work to do. Together we can continue to elevate this vital issue, bring much needed services to our communities, and save lives.”

Mental Health in the Workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first World Mental Health Day. More info at: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2017/en/.

Napolitano is the founder and Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, where she promotes access to mental health services for children and adolescents, improved mental health resources for veterans, and increased mental health coverage for all. She secured funding for a pilot program to provide mental health and suicide prevention services on-site in schools in 2001. The program has since expanded to 26 schools and serves as a pilot program for H.R. 2913, the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2017. It currently has 27 cosponsors in the House and the support of mental health organizations from across the country. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has introduced the Senate version of the bill (S. 1370), which currently has 4 cosponsors.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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