FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NLC Joins with White House in Advocating for National Conversation on Mental Health

June 3, 2013

National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony's statement on today's White House National Conference on Mental Health hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden:

"The National League of Cities (NLC) joins with the White House in calling for a sustained national conversation on mental health and looks forward to partnering with the Administration to bring this issue to the forefront of cities and towns across the country.

"Today's National Conference on Mental Health is a positive step forward in generating attention to this issue that affects millions of our citizens. NLC has long called for improved mental health efforts as a way of addressing some of our country's most significant problems, including violence. We applaud the White House for elevating mental health to a national level and engaging local officials in the conversation.

"Expanding access to care, education and awareness, and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues are all strategies local leaders can employ. We are encouraged by the White House's leadership on mental health advocacy and look forward to continuing to reach out to cities, and encouraging them to continue this important dialogue in their communities."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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