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50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy Sent a Special Message to Congress About the State of Mental Health

Press Release

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 a recent Senate committee hearing on 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.”

Remembering JFK’s Mental Health Speech