UPDATED 7:34 AM PT – Friday, October 16, 2020
Second Lady Karen Pence made a trip to Pennsylvania to discuss President Trump’s efforts to improve mental health for Americans. She spoke at a roundtable outside the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia om Thursday.
Mrs. Pence focused on the President’s recent executive order addressing mental and behavioral health needs as well as preventing suicide. She also talked about her role as the lead ambassador for PREVENTS and the importance of prioritizing mental health.
Honored to join today's roundtable discussion at @VAPhiladelphia to address the rising #MentalHealth needs as the country recovers from the pandemic and lockdowns. Now more than ever we must help those who are suffering and ensure Americans are getting the help they need. pic.twitter.com/wfBvRGBUt4
— Second Lady Karen Pence (@SecondLady) October 15, 2020
“What we want to do and really if there was one thing I could do as Second Lady, if I could help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health — that’s what we want to do,” she stated. “I’d like to say all the time, it’s okay to say you’re not okay.”
If you or someone you know may be having suicidal thoughts call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
President Trump’s executive order established a cabinet-level team to assess the needs of vulnerable groups of Americans, especially those impacted by COVID-19.