In his first State of the Union, President Biden outlined a unity agenda consisting of policy where there has historically been support from both Republicans and Democrats.
His speech came at the heel of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and unprecedented sanctions on Russia.
As part of this unity agenda, he announced a strategy to address our national mental health crisis.
President said our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages.
Two out of five adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression.
And, Black and Brown communities are disproportionately undertreated .
President said our youth have been particularly impacted as losses from COVID and disruptions in routines and relationships have led to increased social isolation, anxiety, and learning loss.
In the State of the Union, the President called on Congress to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, and demand technology companies stop collecting personal data on our children.
President also announced launching the “988” crisis response line and strengthen community-based crisis response.