17
Feb
16

Young Minds Matter

n-THE-WHITE-HOUSE-large570

****

First Lady Michelle Obama: Let’s Change The Conversation Around Mental Health

Ryan joined the Navy when he was 20 years old, and he was deployed to Iraq for the first time a few years later. He served on a team that disarmed roadside bombs and IEDs, and when those bombs exploded, they would rush to the scene to clear any remaining explosives while sorting through unimaginable wreckage and carnage. In recognition of his incredible valour, Ryan was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. But when Ryan returned home to his wife and two young daughters after his second deployment, the war stayed with him. He had constant splitting headaches, nightmares and panic attacks, and his ears just wouldn’t stop ringing. He would pace his home at night, worried that his family was in danger. One evening, he finally hit rock bottom. After laying awake in bed crying, he got up, headed to the bathroom, and prepared to take his own life. Through my work with service members and veterans as part of Joining Forces – the initiative Dr Jill Biden and I launched to rally Americans to honour and support our veterans and military families – I’ve seen that Ryan’s experience isn’t unique.

But the veterans and service members who do struggle are not alone – not by a long shot. In fact, roughly one in five adults – more than 40 million Americans – suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety. These conditions affect people of every age and every background: our kids and grandparents, our friends and neighbours.  That’s why the Affordable Care Act expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for more than 60 million Americans and required new plans to cover depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for kids. That’s also why my husband put more mental health counsellors in place for veterans and signed a bill to help prevent veteran suicide.

More here

****

****


123 Responses to “Young Minds Matter”


  1. February 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooo much Nerdy!

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

  3. February 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you NW for highlighting this very important issue!

  4. February 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    YUP.

  5. 14 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  6. February 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    WOOT!!

  7. 18 Judith Fardig
    February 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Bringing this over from previous post. If you have ever been involved in OFA and want to help with SCOTUS nomination, jump on this call:
    We will have our Supreme Court Vacancy planning call tonight at 6pm PT/ 8pm CT/ 9pm ET.

    We will use our regular Monthly Volunteer Call dial in. If you need to register for the call, you can do so using the link below:

    http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/A552XLJX1OSJNL58

    • 19 whatisworking
      February 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Please get on the call – OFA will have simple but important everyone can take to apply pressure on the Senate to approve the Presidents nominee. These are the same tactics used to pass the Iran Deal and to spread the word about ACA. If you can post to a blog, send a tweet, use email to contact your personal network or post to Facebook, there will be an important job for you. Thanks for posting it Judith.

      • 20 Judith Fardig
        February 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        🙂 All hands on deck. I think it will be particularly important to put pressure on the major news outlets not to “normalize” this GOP behavior which is throwing a wrench into the gears of government.

    • 22 sjterrid
      February 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      I’m waiting for the call to start in a few minutes.

  8. February 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  9. February 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Residents of the State of Illinois:

    TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF VOTING!!!

    Not registered to vote?

    DOES. NOT.MATTER.

    You can register to vote and vote at the same time.

    It’s called Grace Period voting.

    YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE.

    For Registered voters:

    EARLY VOTING BEGINS FEBRUARY 29TH!!!!

    So, load up the car full of those non-voters and get thee to a Grace Period location.

  10. 27 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks Obama! #YesWeCan #ObamaGas

  11. 28 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • 29 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      MY OH MY…ISN’T THAT A DISCOVERY….STARTED EARLY DIDN’T THEY?..CAN’T HIDE FROM THE LIGHTBULB!

      • February 17, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        It could be someone trying to capitalize on the name. You go in and register some names for a fee. This person could have created several combinations. Then, when the real Rubio wants it, it is already taken. Everything has its price.

  12. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    February 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    If interested, here’s a more nuanced article on the Pope’s real policy on borders … veering away from Trump’s bellowing about yet another topic of which he knows nothing.

  13. 32 57andfemale
    February 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    • February 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      “I’ve generally tried to go easy on Bernie Sanders. I like his vision, and I like his general attitude toward Wall Street. But this is insane. If anything, it’s worse than the endless magic asterisks that Republicans use to pretend that their tax plans will supercharge the economy and pay for themselves. It’s not even remotely in the realm of reality. If it were, France and Germany and Denmark would all be Croesian paradises by now.

      A group of stuffy establishment economists says “no credible economic research” supports Friedman’s analysis, which “undermines our reputation as the party of responsible arithmetic.” Or, in Austan Goolsbee’s more colorful language, Sanders’ plans have “evolved into magic flying puppies with winning Lotto tickets tied to their collars.”

      Enough is enough. Everyone needs to get back to reality. This ain’t it.”

      • 34 COS
        February 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        I think it is pass time for Bernie Sanders to get pressed on details about his pie in the sky promises. At least HRC has given detail policy speeches during her campaign. Has Sanders given any detail policy speeches?

  14. 37 GGail
    February 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Speaking of mental health – Rhonda Rousey needs counseling, now and fast! And what about this boyfriend she speaks of – isn’t he married with two children?

  15. 44 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  16. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    February 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This is what Donald Trump is feeding our racist society with….

  17. 47 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    SOME MIDEASTERN GUY CALLED MY HOUSE AND TOLD ME TO F-OFF!…REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF DEBORAH BURROWS ON CALLER ID…I DOUBT SHE KNOWS ABOUT IT!

    • 48 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      OF COURSE I WISHED HIM THE SAME!….PIECE OF TRASH!…BBL…….I HAVE TO SEE WHAT I CAN BURN FOR DINNER!

  18. 49 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hmmm….

  19. 50 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm

  20. 51 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    • 52 GGail
      February 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Yup. I don’t think Tim Cook thought his position through on this one. I can see it backfiring on Apple real fast

      • 53 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        February 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm

        APPLESAUCE ANYONE? ONE OF THE WORST ANTI-AMERICAN MOVES IN OUR HISTORY…HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET…????

  21. February 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    • February 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Wednesday called for President Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice that has a chance to be approved by the Senate — breaking with Senate GOP colleagues who are determined not to consider any Obama nominee.

      =====

      Of course, he’s using that “will of the people” phrase and thinks that chances of approval are slim.

      So now we’re going from President Obama should even be allowed to nominate someone, to nominate someone, but we won’t approve them.

      • 56 GGail
        February 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm

        SW, that dog-whistle bullschit. I hear it ringing in my ears; “we would like to hire blacks, it’s just that there are none qualified to do the work”. “We’ve tried to meet the quota”.

  22. February 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    ohhh kkk now

  23. 60 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    LIVE NOW: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Gives Talk at Yale Law School – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

  24. February 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Wisconsin’s local primary election put the state’s new voter ID law to the test Tuesday, causing problems that left officials seriously concerned about how voters will be impacted this November.

    Though the law’s implementation was mostly smooth, some students and veterans were unable to cast regular ballots, because the state doesn’t recognize a federal veterans’ benefits card or a state university ID for voting purposes.

  25. February 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    So proud of FLOTUS and the Duchess of Cambridge to tackle this very important issue.

  26. February 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    A Please Read:

    After all, it’s easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it’s harder to craft a foreign policy that’s tough and smart. It’s easy to dismantle government safety nets; it’s harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It’s easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it’s harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that’s our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

    • February 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much, Pretty Foot, for sharing this with us. President Obama has never wavered in his core principles: inclusiveness; smart foreign policy; and effective government that serves the needs of all Americans.

  27. 65 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    • 66 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      THE PROBLEM IS…THE LIGHT SHINING FROM THIS PRESIDENT HAS EXPOSED MORE THAN THE REPUGNANTS CARE FOR…AND THEY ARE AFRAID OF WHAT HE MIGHT PULL OUT OF THE FILE DRAWER BEFORE HE LEAVES. IF PBO AND FLOTUS ARE GOING TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO SCALIA THIS WEEK…THE SS NEEDS TO BE ON THEIR TOES.

  28. February 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm

  29. 70 Roberta in MN
    February 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    The news flash on my local TV, mentioned the article at the Huffington Post and mentioned Duchess of Cambridge but not FLOTUS or Jill Biden. I hate out MSM. Thank you for posting this today Nerdy. The Ladies are doing great things.

  30. February 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    North Carolina’s primary is less than a month away, but the key swing state may be forced to postpone. A federal court ruling last week declared the state’s voting maps unconstitutional thanks to racial gerrymandering, and ordered them to be redrawn. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, state lawmakers will have to scramble to create new maps that don’t pack African American voters into small, oddly shaped districts that make the surrounding districts whiter and easier for Republicans to win.

    Yet this week, as North Carolina lawmakers prepared to create these revised maps, they spoke openly about making sure the state is still gerrymandered along political lines, if not racial ones…Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in 2004, states are free to use gerrymandering to entrench the political power of the majority party.

    Lawmakers and North Carolina voters are also butting heads on whether to postpone the state’s March 15 primary election. The question presents somewhat of a lose-lose situation for voters. If the maps are changed and the election delayed, thousands of people who have already submitted absentee ballots could be disenfranchised. There could also be a great deal of voter confusion from such last-minute changes, especially if they are poorly publicized. State Republicans have said the election should go forward with the current maps, saying that they were used in the 2012 and 2014 elections and that one more wouldn’t hurt.

    • February 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      State Republicans have said the election should go forward with the current maps, saying that they were used in the 2012 and 2014 elections and that one more wouldn’t hurt.

      ((((((((((((((((((((((((

      Travesty of Justice!

  31. 77 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Good Evening TODable TODbots 😉

  32. February 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Rest in peace.

  33. February 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

  34. February 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Somebody might have asked a question that didn’t line up with any of his talking points and he might have short-circuited again…

  35. February 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  36. 83 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  37. February 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  38. February 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    The scariest truth revealed during the 2016 Election Season:

    George W. Bush was indeed, ‘THE SMART ONE.’

    Everytime I think about it, I shiver.

  39. February 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm
  40. February 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

  41. February 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  42. February 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Mika and Morning Joe will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with the one and only Donald Trump….comes on at 8 est…truly amazing…

    tomorrow…VP Biden will be interviewed by Rachel Maddow…then after that a Town Hall meeting with Clinton and Sanders…don’t know who the moderator will be….

  43. February 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  44. February 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    The WH has put up an information page:

    • February 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    • 95 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 17, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED…THE WH SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS DOING…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH RESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING DONE…PERIOD!

  45. 96 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  46. February 17, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  47. February 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

  48. February 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I turn it to see what was on MSNBC and the first thing I saw was Trump, so I said by to MSNBC.

    • 102 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      I’M GOING TO FIND A MOVIE TO WATCH…I CAN’T LOOK AT THAT TRUMP FACE AGAIN TONIGHT! HOPE PBO AND FRIENDS HAVE A SUPER TIME OUT TONIGHT….STAGE LEFT……………THE FLATSCREEN!

  49. 103 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    fbi, with all its resources, can’t crack a stupid phone?

    • February 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      If they ‘hack’ it; which I’m certain they can, amk, my suspicion is taht any contents would become inadmissible in court because they would have been obtained illegally.

      • 105 amk for obama
        February 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        But Bob, didn’t the court already give the implicit permission to do that?

        • February 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          I don’t think so, amk. Otherwise they’d already have the information they need. No matter how good Apple security is, the dudes at NSA/FBI have all the tools they need 🙂

          • February 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

            Though, my other suspicion is that they don’t want the ‘world’ to know they’ve got those tools – in other words, if they hacked it and the courts would allow the contents as evidence, they would have surfaced skills that I’m sure they don’t want DAESH, the Chinese or anyone else to know they have 🙂

          • 108 amk for obama
            February 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm

            If they had the resources, then they should have done on the qt without all this bs drama. I don’t think any court is going to side with terrorists on this.

  50. 110 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

  51. 111 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  52. 112 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  53. February 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  54. February 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  55. February 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

  56. 120 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Just a follow-up to Bobfr’s initial tweet from GMA.

  57. February 17, 2016 at 11:29 pm


Comments are currently closed.

@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 39,937,692 hits
February 2016
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
29  

WH Flickr


%d bloggers like this: