Target: President Obama
Goal: Reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness
President Obama recently declared an initiative to reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness. He stated that it is time to bring the issue of mental health “out of the shadows.” The President gave the opening statement at the White House’s recent conference on mental health, committing to a goal of making sure that people who are suffering from mental illness know that they do not have to suffer in silence.
Obama began this initiative in response to the Sandy Hook shooting that took place last year, along with the other shootings tragically occurring all over the country. While stricter gun laws need to be put in place, much can also be done to prevent such tragedies from happening by reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and providing more accessible mental health services for individuals who are suffering from mental illnesses, like many of the shooters of these tragedies were discovered to have suffered from mental illness. President Obama said, “We can do something about stories like this. In many cases, treatment is available and effective.”
Among the objectives of the conference were understanding the signs of mental illness in young people, discussing insurance coverage for mental health services, and improving access to mental health services for veterans. The overall goal of the initiative is to reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness, and encouraging those struggling with mental illness to seek help.
Support President Obama’s campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so those suffering feel the freedom to seek the help they need.
Dear President Obama,
Thank you for taking a stand to reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness. Those suffering from mental illness should not suffer in silence. Seeking mental health services should be socially acceptable, and services should be readily available to all who require them. I support your efforts in making the public aware of the signs of mental illness, and providing the resources for them to seek help.
There have been far too many tragedies in our nation, many times the result of mental illness gone untreated. Though something should certainly be done to restrict public access to deadly weapons, ensuring that those with mental illness receive treatment will make a great difference in preventing a number of tragedies from occurring. Please continue to make mental health awareness and better treatment for mental illness a priority as you seek to improve our country.
[Your Name Here]
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