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President Obama and Vice President Biden to Host National Conference on Mental Health


Office of the Press Secretary
May 31, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden to Host National Conference on Mental Health 

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 3rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden will host a National Conference on Mental Health as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. President Obama will deliver opening remarks and Vice President Biden will deliver closing remarks to conference participants.

The conference will bring together people from across the country, including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.

The President and Vice President’s remarks, along with two sessions will be OPEN PRESS. Please RSVP if you are not a White House hard pass holder. 

Schedule of Events

9:40AM        Opening Remarks by President Obama 
                    East Room
                    Open Press (Pre-Set 8:45AM; Final Gather 9:10AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

10:15AM      Session moderated by Secretary Sebelius
                    East Room
                    Open Press (Press wishing to attend this event will need to report in time for the first gather at 9:10 AM)

11:30AM      Session moderated by Secretary Duncan
                    South Court Auditorium
                    Open Press (Pre-Set 10:45AM; Final Gather 11:05AM – Stake out location)

2:15PM         Closing Remarks by Vice President Biden and Secretary Shinseki 
                    South Court Auditorium
                    Open Press (Pre-Set 1:15PM; Final Gather 1:55PM – Stake out location)

NOTE: Crews wishing to attend the President’s remarks but not the first panel moderated by Secretary Sebelius will be escorted out, but will need to be escorted back later to break down equipment.  If you are planning to attend all four events with equipment, you will need two crews.

RSVP:  Press who DO NOT have a White House hard pass who wish to cover these events should RSVP to by Sunday, June 2, at 5:00 PM and include their Full Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Gender, Citizenship, and Current City/State of Residence for clearance. All press must enter the White House at the Northwest Gate.

Keywords: President Obama, Vice President Biden, national, conference, mental, health

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