In the wake of last year's tragedy in Newtown , CT, AACAP called for a White House summit on mental health. You joined us in this effort and sent over 3,000 emails calling for this summit. The White House heard you! On June 3rd, AACAP President Marty Drell, M.D. and President-elect Paramjit Joshi, M.D. attended the White House conference on mental health, led by President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary Sebelius.
The summit focused on early intervention in schools, capturing transitional age youth as they move into the adults system, and the problems with suicide in young adults and veterans. The President spoke about the stigma of mental illness saying "We whisper about mental health issues and avoid asking too many questions. The brain is a body part too, we just know less about it. And there should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love. We've got to get rid of that embarrassment. We've got to get rid of the stigma."
In addition to the summit the administration also launched a new website www.mentalhealth.gov aimed at providing resources for those suffering for mental illness and sharing success stories from those who've received treatment. AACAP is a founding supporter of the Administrations' initiative to encourage a dialogue about mental health issues and we thank all members who made this possible by sending thousands of e-mails calling for this summit.