H.Res. 437 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) on May 14, 2009.
H.Res. 437 would resolve that Congress:
- "Supports the goals and ideals of Mental Health Month in order to place emphasis on scientific facts and findings regarding mental health and to remove stigma associated therewith;
- "Recognizes that mental well-being is equally as important as physical well-being for our citizens, our communities, our businesses, our economy and our country;
- "Applauds the coalescing of national and community organizations in working to promote public awareness of mental health and providing critical information and support to the people and families affected by mental illness;
- "Supports the finding of the President's Commission on Mental Health that the Nation's failure to prioritize mental health is a national tragedy, and
- "Encourages all organizations and health practitioners to use Mental Health Month as an opportunity to promote mental well-being and awareness, ensure access to appropriate services, and support overall quality of life for those living with mental illness."
According to the resolution's findings, more than 57,000,000 people in the United States suffer from mental illness. Approximately 1 in 5 children and adolescents have a diagnosable mental disorder, and more than a quarter of our troops suffer from psychological or neurological injuries sustained from combat, including major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.