Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 5.08.36 PMPresident Obama recently called on Americans to start a “national conversation to increase understanding about mental health” and directed the secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education to launch the National Dialogue on Mental Health. The American Counseling Association is answering the president’s call by partnering with Creating Community Solutions, an integral part of the National Dialogue initiative. Creating Community Solutions aims to foster discussions on mental health issues by organizing community conversations in cities and towns across the nation, as well as through social media outreach. More than 53,000 counselors are part of ACA, and it is our hope that our members will lend their professional expertise by participating in these local conversations and engaging people through social media channels. Visit to find a “Dialogue” near you, or get the tools you need to start your own.