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Fitzpatrick Calls for End to Mental Health Stigmas, Discrimination

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, introduced legislation [H.Res. 572] earlier this month designating the first full week of May as ‘National Mental Health No Stigma Week’ to draw attention to mental health care and education as part of the larger awareness efforts of Mental Health Month.

“More than 61 million American adults suffer from some diagnosable mental illness – along with millions more children and teens. They are our family members, friends and neighbors,” said Fitzpatrick. “For many, the stigmatization of their illness has forced them to endure discrimination or abuse, or avoid the treatment they need out of fear of judgment. Not only is this wrong, it’s deplorable to think that it is taking place in 2014.”

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