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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Oct 10, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10, 2017, is World Mental Health Day. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Mental Health Day is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. In solidarity, U.S. Congressman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“Every year, more than 44 million Americans experience a mental health condition—or nearly one in four people in the United States. Unfortunately, nine out of ten people with mental health conditions do not go out or apply for jobs due to the stigma associated with mental health according to the RAND Corporation. We need to make a change and stake a stand—it is time to end the stigma around health illness. People need to know it is okay to ask for help, and that it is just as important to focus on one’s mental wellness in and outside the workplace. Not only is this good for employees, it is good for employers and a business’ bottom line.”

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. The goal is to make workplaces around the globe better working environments for all employees and more responsive to their employees’ mental health needs, as well as to encourage individuals whether at work or home to focus on their mental health. For more information on World Mental Health Day, please visit the WHO’s website.

Also, be sure to join the conversation online by using: #WorldMentalHealthDay, #WorldMentalHealthDay2017, and #EndTheStigma.