From The White House

From The White House

The White House


October 8, 2014

Dear Ted:

Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective.

The needs of people with mental illnesses have gone unaddressed for far too long. Since the first White House Conference on Mental Health over a decade ago, doctors and researchers have made extraordinary progress in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, and promoting mental health. Yet, many families still lack access to the treatments and community resources needed to help their loved ones recover.

As a longtime supporter of mental health parity, I recognize we must do more to improve services for individuals and families. My Administration has coordinated health forums around our country, bringing together citizens, health care professionals, and elected officials to discuss solutions for better care. We have also taken an important step by funding biomedical and behavioral research grants at the National Institute of Mental Health.

People living with mental illnesses, community organizations, as well as health and social service agencies can work collaboratively to better understand, diagnose, and treat these illnesses. Together, we must overcome the fear and misunderstanding that surround mental illnesses so that more Americans can live out their dreams and achieve their greatest potential.

For more information on mental health assistance and health care reform, please visit or

Again, thank you for writing.

Barack Obama

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