27 January 2019

27th January1982 - Rosalynn Carter gets mental health award

On January 27th 1982 The American Psychological Association presented Rosalynn Carter an award in recognition of her public leadership and service for improved mental health services. Rosalynn was instrumental in convening the Presidential Commission on Mental Health during Jimmy Carter's presidency.

That commission can be read about in President Carter's memoirs. He recalls "I have seen my wife and dedicated professionals and volunteers work on improving the mental health status in Georgia while I was Governor." And now she was following the same cause at the national level.

Rosalynn said her aims were "For every person who needs mental health care to be able to receive it close to his home, and to remove the stigma from mental health care so people will be free to talk about it and seek help. It's been taboo for so long to admit you had a mental health problem."

The commission brought together many experts who produced a report within a year that influenced policy. President Carter said the report's emphasis is "on how we can coordinate delivery of existing programs better."

The Mental Health System Bill was enacted in 1980.

Read more about Rosalynn on wikipedia. Thankyou to Today in Psychology History for the date

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