We’re honored and pleased to announce that Psych Central and its 4 million monthly readers will be represented by yours truly, Dr. John Grohol, at the National Conference on Mental Health, which will be held Monday, June 3, 2013 at the White House.

President Obama and Vice President Biden will host the White House Mental Health Conference as part of an effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness about mental health.

We hope the conference begins this important dialogue, addressing and opening up the conversation about the mental health concerns of Americans. Because people with mental disorders have suffered needless discrimination and prejudice in this country for far too long.

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Psych Central is Honored to Participate in the National Conference on Mental Health

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  1. Hi John,
    We are very happy that you will be taking part in the conference. Your work here is tremedous. We’ll be tuning in!
    Thanks!
    Wendy
    Free Your Mind Projects Radio

  2. THANK YOU so MUCH Dr. John:) for All You have done in Your tireless Work of Compassion! (my family has certainly benefitted and is grateful!) You definitely deserve the title: Mental Health Hero!:)
    PEACE to You & the Psych Central Family:)

  3. The National Conference on Mental Health will, according to the White House, “bring together people from across the country — including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems — to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma
    As you know, we are in disagreement on language, you wish to call prejudice and discrimination “stigma” I want to name it accurately, as the Women’s Movement did. Your voice will prevail at this meeting, yours and the others who agree to promote the innuendo “stigma” over prejudice. It is holding us back, as it held women back.

    To the suggestion that one aims to “reduce” a prejudice: It is wholly offensive. One works to end prejudice. A primary route to that goal is to end prejudice in word.

    Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor

    • Harold, respectfully, I’d ask you re-read the article. I was quoting the language the White House used there — that was not my language. I used the word “stigma” only once in this article — only in referencing the quote — so as you can see, I am sensitive to the topic.

      I still believe people understand what is meant when other advocates use a word like stigma, but your well-meaning point is taken.

      John

  4. I would be very cautious in dealing with looking for Mrs Obama and Biden as leading dialogue in mental health matters. They are not the people I would turn to for setting direction and plans for honest, effective, and responsible needs for mental health care. Sorry, when it comes to politicians, and the environment that recent shootings have created on state levels, I have to ask honestly and candidly, do you really think they are interested in long term and most efficacious directions and interventions?

    Or, will they use this audience to manipulate and subtly scapegoat? I hope not, but, it wouldn’t surprise me that these things may happen.

    Just don’t be afraid to speak out if the tone of the discussion/debate goes south. Hey, you are representing 4 million people, so, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

    Do you truly believe our elected officials as a whole really accept the premise just said above? And looking out for the welfare of providers and patients in mental health care services??

    Hope I am wrong!

  5. John,

    I am so glad you have the opportunity to participate in this gathering in Washington DC. I can think of no one better to express to them the struggles those diagnosed with mental illness have to deal with on a daily basis.

    I look forward to hearing about the conference when you return. I will pray for a safe journey and a productive conference!

    Thank you John, for all that you have done and continue to do for all of us!

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