President Obama has signed a proclamation recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In the proclamation, the President acknowledges the burden that the millions of Americans living with mental health face as well as the commitment on behalf of his Administration to redouble their efforts to address mental health problems in America. The proclamation also encourages all Americans to help raise awareness about mental health and continue helping others live longer, healthier lives.
Earlier this year, the Obama Administration launched the BRAIN Initiative, a new partnership between government, scientists, and leaders in the private sector to invest in research that could unlock new treatments for mental illness. In addition, President Obama called for another initiative, Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education), to provide new funding for mental health programs that will help teachers and other adults recognize the signs of mental illness in children, improve mental health outcomes for young people, and train 5,000 more mental health professionals to serve children and youth.