Creating Community Solutions

President Obama Calls for a National Dialogue on Mental Health

President Obama and Vice President Boden giving an address

At the White House on June 3, 2013, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hosted 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. The Institute’s Director, Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, attended the event at the White House.

In support of this effort, the Institute and a number of organizations, working in concert with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services,  are joining together to engage citizens through "Creating Community Solutions," a series of events around the country that will focus dialogue and action on mental health issues.

Creating Community Solutions to Engage Americans on Mental Health

Creating Community Solutions will engage thousands of Americans, in a range of settings: small-group discussions, large forums, online conversations, and large-scale deliberative events at ten lead sites. Supported by an array of local officials, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, foundations, and health care providers, these Creating Community Solutions activities will use proven public engagement principles to help people make progress on one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face.

The Institute is supporting this initiative because we believe mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing our country, yet is one of the most difficult issues for Americans to talk about. We bring to the initiative our expertise in civil discourse so that we Americans can begin to have these difficult conversations and move from discussion to taking action to address the mental health of our young people and our communities.

Americans can find scheduled Community Solutions events, learn how to hold their own event and upload the outcomes of events as they are held, at, a website maintained by the Institute.

Clcik here to read the Washington Post article on Creating Community Solutions.