Fifty years ago, on February 5, 1963, President John F. Kennedy sent a special message to Congress about the state of mental health. His statement led to meaningful change in the way Americans view mental health care. Reflecting on President Kennedy’s words, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel said at the recent Senate committee hearing, Assessing the State of America’s Mental Health System, “We’ve made tremendous strides over the past 50 years. A lot has happened in that time, but we have a long way to go.”
Science Update: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2013/50-years-ago-president-john-f-kennedy-sent-a-special-message-to-congress-about-the-state-of-mental-health.shtml
President Obama following lead of John Kennedy 50 years ago on improving access to care.