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Rep. Napolitano and SAMHSA Host “Mental Health Chat” on Twitter

February 1, 2012
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosted a mental health chat on Twitter using the hashtag #mhchat. Individuals and organizations from across the country joined an online discussion about mental health issues and the resources available to help at the federal level. A full transcript of the chat can be found here:

“Mental health is an issue that affects Americans from all walks of life, in every part of the country,” Napolitano said. “Using Twitter can help bring together the many people who share the goal of improving mental health. Thank you to SAMHSA and all of the people and organizations who participated and made this chat a success.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also participated and had a mental health professional monitoring the chat for anyone who might need to be directed to assistance.

Napolitano announced that due to the high rate of participation, there will be another mental health chat in the near future on issues affecting veterans and their families.

Napolitano is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Mental Health Caucus and the author of H.R. 751, the Mental Health in Schools Act, a bill which would create grant funding for schools across the country to partner with local nonprofits to provide on-site, culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for students.

Twitter handles:

   Rep. Grace Napolitano - @GraceNapolitano

   SAMHSA - @samhsagov

   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - @800273TALK

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-274-TALK(8255)


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