EB: This is an incredible statistic, Michael, and unacceptable. I was happy to see that mental health was included in President Obama’s new plan released in January called “Now Is the Time.” It states that fewer than half of the children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. This might be because of barriers with health insurance or due to stigma and shame. We can all educate ourselves about mental health. By educating ourselves, we are taking an important step toward being a part of the solution to lessen the secrecy that so often surrounds mental illness. As President Obama said during his second inauguration speech, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care…but we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

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