WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a mental health conference next month in response to gun violence.
Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to host the conference June 3 at the White House. Carney said attendees will include mental health advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, government officials, educators and people who have experienced mental health problems.
Carney said they will discuss how to reduce the stigma for those struggling with mental health problems so they will reach out for help.
Carney noted that the vast majority of those with mental health conditions are not violent and are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of crimes.
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