This past week, the White House Office of Public Engagement convened a roundtable on President Biden’s efforts to support Black men’s mental health. This event was moderated by Charisse Jones of USA Today and Award Winning and Celebrated  actor, Courtney B. Vance; four time Grammy Award Nominated recording artist, Raheem DeVaughn; actor, Lamman Rucker; Best-Selling Author and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Robin L. Smith; and Public Health Analyst from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Walker Tisdale.

Since the beginning of his Administration, President Biden has prioritized tackling the mental health crisis in America, including advancing health equity in communities of color. In 2022, he released a comprehensive mental health strategy designed to strengthen system capacity, connect more people to care, and create healthier environments.. To support this work and help advance how we transform mental health in the United States, the Administration launched 988, expanded community mental health centers, and established new Centers of Excellence to help promote mental health with a goal to provide culturally competent and quality care..

The Biden-Harris Administration has and will continue to invest critical resources to expand mental health and substance use support to Americans, including through the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2025.

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