(ABC NEWS) Nearly six months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama is hosting a conference at the White House to bring mental health issues “out of the shadows.”
“The main goal of this conference is not to start a conversation,” Obama said. “So many of you have spent decades waging long and lonely battles to be heard. Instead, it’s about elevating that conversation to a national level and bringing mental illness out of the shadows. We want to let people living with mental health challenges know that they are not alone.”
One in five adults experiences mental illness, Obama noted. Forty-five million Americans suffer from diseases like depression or anxiety, schizophrenia or PTSD, but less than 40 percent receive treatment.
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