On Monday, President Barack Obama opened up a White House conference by saying it's time to bring mental health issues "out of the shadows" by ending treatment stigma and helping veterans get care quicker.
The conference is part of Obama's response to last year's shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and it focuses on everything from coverage for mental health patients, removing the stigma attached to these diseases and encouraging people to seek treatment.
Mental illness affects one in five Americans, but a majority of those people aren't looking for ways to get treatment. An organization in the Twin Cities recently opened up a fist-of-its-kind facility in the nation to address those conditions.
The Mental Health Crisis Alliance's goal is to ensure that adults experiencing mental health crises receive timely, high quality, integrated services in the least restrictive setting, regardless of ability to pay or county of residence. This is a place where people can go to talk to someone, learn how to get the help they need and to start to improve their quality of life.
FOX 9 News spoke with Roger Meyer, the project director of MHCA, about their approach.
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The White House also plans to focus on commitments being made in the private sector to increase understanding and awareness, including a campaign by the National Association of Broadcasters through television and radio ads and social media.
Obama also announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct mental health summits nationwide to increase awareness of VA programs and link veterans and their families with community resources to support their needs.