NY 1 - President's Gun Violence Plan Stresses Mental Health Treatment For At-Risk Youth
When President Barack Obama announced his plans for reducing gun violence, mental health advocates were relieved when he addressed the need to expand mental health care access. Four of the 23 executive actions focus on issues related to mental health, including increased insurance coverage and launching a national dialogue. Dr. Vilma Gabbay, the chief of The Mount Sinai Medical Center's newly opened Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Program in Manhattan, says the president's focus on mental health as it relates to random acts of violence among children is long overdue. "It's really a crisis with respect to public health, the lack of awareness and adequate treatment for psychiatric disorders," Dr. Gabbay says. "Unfortunately, there is a stigma, there is silence."
- Dr. Vilma Gabbay, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Chief of the Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, The Mount Sinai Medical Center