Mental Health Advocates Laud Obama’s Gun Agenda

Even as the debate over gun rights takes center stage in President Obama’s response to the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., advocates are applauding his new mental health-related initiatives. The White House on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping new agenda to reduce the nation’s gun violence, which has left some opponents going as far as threatening impeachment of the president over the issue. That agenda includes a number of new initiatives to improve U.S. mental health services, which the head of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) immediately praised. “NAMI applauds the President’s plan for its significant provisions to strengthen and expand mental health services,” says Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of NAMI. “The plan in fact reflects the thrust … Continue reading

Post-Newtown, Mental Health Advocates Have Their Say, Too

Even as the debate over gun control captures the spotlight in discussions over the response to last month’s massacre of children in Newtown, Conn., mental health advocates also are working hard to press for their reforms, as well. Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) met Wednesday with Vice President Biden’s task force on gun control, along with other leaders of the mental health community, urging action to strengthen and expand mental health care services. Biden has been leading the administration’s efforts to fashion a response to the Newtown shooting, the victims of which mostly were young children. NAMI calls itself the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for … Continue reading