Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows Event
Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, will be a Keynote speaker at the Bringing Mental Illness out of the Shadows event on Tuesday, July 19th during the Republican National Convention. This event is hosted by NAMI Ohio in collaboration with Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Woodruff Foundation, NAMI National, NAMI of Greater Cleveland, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, Murtis Taylor Community Mental Health Center, The Magnolia Clubhouse, and others.
Speaker Gingrich will be joined by other national and state policy leaders, as well as mental health leaders, to talk about the need to develop meaningful mental health reforms that provide for those in need, ensure our veterans are cared for, and combat the suicide crisis in our country. Current statistics paint a picture of our nation’s struggling mental health system. Today, the suicide rate is the highest it has been in 30 years. Nearly 60% of adults and 50% of youth ages 8-15 with mental health conditions do not receive treatment. Untreated mental illness has the ability to affect all aspects of life, including whether a young person graduates high school or ends up in jail.