Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963

 
May is Mental Health Month and a great opportunity to spread the word that mental illness is real, common, and treatable and that help is available in your community. It’s especially significant this year as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963 and welcome President Obama’s proclamation recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2013.
 
For millions of Americans with mental illness, the Community Mental Health Act signed by President John F. Kennedy on October 31, 1963 opened the door to a new era of hope and recovery — to a life in the community.  JFK’s final legislation ended the nightmare of being "warehoused" in secluded hospitals and forgotten institutions. Since then community behavioral health organizations across the country have been helping people recover from mental illness and live full lives in their communities.
 
Please take a few minutes to watch this short videoThe Other Side”.  It’s an evocative rendition of the journey from despair and loneliness to hope and community, as told by those who’ve recovered from mental illness and addictions. Share this video with your legislators, funders, and stakeholders the message that recovery is possible and that community supports for people with mental illnesses make a difference.
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