WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a video PSA for Mental Health Awareness Month highlighting the need to embrace understanding and remove the stigma that prevent many from getting the care they need. He also highlights the significant resources recently provided by Congress and the need for local leadership to ensure it is implemented and reaches those in need.
A leader in Congress for strengthening mental health services, Cassidy helped author and pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which made significant resources available to improve mental health care for families and children, including for school-based services. Last Congress, Cassidy passed legislation to reauthorize and strengthen resources Cassidy first secured in the passage of his Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which supports federal mental health and substance use disorder programs.
Read the transcript of the video below:
Senator Bill Cassidy here,
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each of us has a family member or a loved one who has grappled with, or is grappling with, mental health challenges. We must embrace understanding and remove the stigma that isolates so many. Discussing mental health, asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.
Congress is doing its part. We’ve recently made significant resources available as part of the Safer Communities Act and the Mental Health Reform and Reauthorization Act seeking to improve mental health care in this country. Specifically, we increased support in schools to address the increased need for mental health support among the young. Now we need local leadership to implement these resources to make sure this assistance reaches those who need it most.
As ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, I will work with anyone to make sure that our young people, all people, have increased access to mental health treatment in Louisiana and in the United States.