Psychological well being is important to our general well being, and the significance of attending to psychological well being has turn out to be much more pronounced in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not solely negatively impacted many individuals’s psychological well being however has additionally created limitations to therapy.
Tens of millions of adults and youngsters throughout America expertise psychological well being circumstances, together with anxiousness, despair, schizophrenia, bipolar dysfunction, and post-traumatic stress dysfunction. Practically one in 5 People lives with a psychological well being situation. These residing with psychological well being circumstances are our household, associates, classmates, neighbors, and coworkers. Earlier than the Inexpensive Care Act, insurance coverage firms might discriminate in opposition to individuals based mostly on pre-existing circumstances, together with psychological well being circumstances, and psychological well being and substance use companies weren’t coated by insurance coverage. Nonetheless discrimination in opposition to these with psychological well being circumstances in our society stays, and might make it troublesome to search out and attain out for assist. Whereas our Nation has made progress in selling psychological well being companies, many communities face pervasive limitations in accessing psychological well being care.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial disaster has impacted the psychological well being of tens of millions of People. Isolation, illness, grief, job loss, meals instability, and lack of routines has elevated the necessity for psychological well being companies. On the identical time, the necessity to defend individuals from COVID-19 has made it tougher for individuals to entry psychological well being companies, and more durable for suppliers to ship this care.
Even earlier than COVID-19, the prevalence of psychological well being circumstances in our Nation was on the rise. In 2019, practically 52 million adults skilled some type of psychological sickness. Latest knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention signifies that one in 4 adults reported experiencing signs of an anxiousness or depressive dysfunction in February 2021 — a big improve from the prior 12 months. Youth psychological well being can be worsening, with practically 10 % of America’s youth reporting extreme despair. We should deal with this as the general public well being disaster that it’s and reverse this development.
Too many individuals with psychological well being wants really feel they’ve nowhere to show. Suicide is the tenth main reason for dying in the USA and the second main reason for dying for our Nation’s youth at present. Suicide charges are disproportionately excessive amongst Black youth, and LGBTQI+ individuals are at disproportionate danger of dying by suicide in addition to suicidal ideation, planning, and makes an attempt. My Administration is dedicated to advancing suicide prevention finest practices and enhancing non-punitive disaster response. Whilst we construct and improve current techniques for prevention and response inside communities, quick help is offered for these in want of assist by calling the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP.
My Administration is dedicated to making sure that individuals residing with psychological well being circumstances are handled with compassion, respect, and understanding. We should additionally handle the disparities that underserved communities, particularly communities of coloration, face and work to make sure that everybody has entry to inexpensive, high quality, and evidence-based psychological well being care.
As President, I do know that we are able to and should handle these vital points, particularly for individuals who have shouldered the burden of standing on the entrance traces in responding to the pandemic. That’s the reason the American Rescue Plan consists of substantial investments to advertise psychological well being among the many well being care workforce. We’re additionally constructing on the progress made by the twenty first Century Cures Act by integrating psychological well being and dependancy therapy into main care settings, faculties, and houses.
My Administration is targeted on constructing an improved, expanded system of take care of the psychological well being wants of adults and youngsters. This can require a rise within the variety of psychological well being professionals. Constructing on a program within the American Rescue Plan, I’ve requested $1 billion in funding to develop the variety of school-based psychological well being professionals, together with college psychologists and counselors to handle the psychological well being wants of scholars. The American Rescue Plan additionally delivered $3 billion for substance use and psychological well being care block grants. These funds additionally be sure that States present pathways to prevention, intervention, therapy, and restoration companies — particularly for underserved communities. The American Rescue Plan additionally included $420 million in funding to help Licensed Neighborhood Behavioral Well being Clinics to develop entry to high-quality, evidence-based behavioral well being companies. Licensed Neighborhood Behavioral Well being Clinics are additionally dedicated to involving friends and households, who’re important to psychological well being restoration.
My Administration is dedicated to making sure that everybody is aware of that they don’t seem to be alone, that assist exists, and that we are going to present the psychological well being help wanted to heal, get better, and thrive.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the USA of America, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the USA, do hereby proclaim Might 2021 as Nationwide Psychological Well being Consciousness Month. I name upon residents, authorities companies, organizations, healthcare suppliers, and analysis establishments to lift psychological well being consciousness and proceed serving to People stay longer, more healthy lives.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, within the 12 months of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 2 hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.