Since 1949, May has traditionally been set aside for "Mental Health Month" when advocates, book publishers, and not-for-profits are slotted into news coverage.
This year brings attention to the publication of a new book by one of the nation's most respected and admired advocates for reform of mental health services, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Mrs. Carter has spent nearly 50 years as a spokesperson, and she is now touring on behalf of her most recent book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.
Other events or dedications include:
•Bazelon Center is calling upon advocates to contact their legislators to support FMAP - a program that will extend federal support for Medicaid services which have been hard hit by the nation's budget crisis. It is part of the "Main Street for Jobs Act" included in the Recovery Act signed by Pres. Obama.
•Healthy Minds, a project of the American Psychiatric Association reports a survey indicating less stigma, more information available on-line, and more people believing that they or a relative could suffer a mental disorder at some time in their lives.
•NAMI calls for the faith community to become more vocal with an op-ed from the clergy.
•Mental Health America launched a "Live Your Life Well" campaign with ten tools and recommendations for maintaining better mental health.
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