NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH
While millions of Americans struggle with mental health problems, those who need help are too often afraid to seek it because of the shame and secrecy associated with mental illness. The conference will bring together people from across the country—including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems—to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.
The Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute are answering the President’s call to launch a national conversation to increase the understanding and awareness about mental health through research into the causes and cures of mental illness, and outreach and education efforts though the media.
PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
WHO: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will host Patrick Kennedy and representatives of several mental health groups, including Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, President of the American Psychiatric Association, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and Columbia Psychiatry faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, host of the television series “Healthy Minds,” and President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, at a White House conference addressing mental health and gun violence, “A National Conversation on Mental Health.”
WHAT: The White House Conference on Mental Health, originally convened in response to the shooting at Newtown Elementary School, will include discussions of insurance coverage for mental health care and substance abuse. The discussion will be followed by a press conference at the National Press Club with Patrick Kennedy and Drs. Lieberman and Borenstein, who will offer remarks on the state of mental health care in the U.S. today and how violence relates to mental health.
WHEN: Monday, June 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14 Street, NW, 13th Floor, Zenger Room
Washington, DC 20045 TEL: 202/662-7500
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE BUT WANT TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. LIEBERMAN OR DR. BORENSTEIN, contact the Columbia Psychiatry Media Relations Office at 212-543-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.