December 02, 2010 — It has been 11 years since the release of Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Since then, two major landmarks have been passed in this area. In 2008 President George W. Bush signed into law the Mental Health Parity Act, and in January this year President Barack Obama issued an executive order to implement the mandates of the Mental Health Parity Act, which provide that coverage for mental health treatment be equal to coverage for treatment of other health conditions in most insurance plans.
On the heels of these important strides and in light of increased awareness of the mental health challenges faced by student and professional athletes, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine has embarked on a new initiative to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, one of the major recommendations of Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General.
This new initiative, “NFL Community Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind and Body,” brings together community members, health providers, experts, NFL players, alumni, and concerned advocates to discuss the mental health challenges faced by athletes and people in the community.
Attend the special event scheduled in Miami on Monday, December 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Fieldhouse. Register online today at http://shli.msm.edu/NFL. This event is free and open to the public, and the first 50 registrants will receive a free copy of the DVD “Depression: True Stories” (a $100 value; 1 per family). This forum is one of a series of NFL-sponsored community events being held nationally.
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