Michelle Obama: ‘My Husband Believes Strongly’ Getting Mental Health Treatment Is ‘Sign of Strength’

First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that her husband, President Barack Obama “believes strongly” that getting support and treatment for a mental health issue “isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.”

“It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength,” said Mrs. Obama. “That’s something that my husband believes strongly as president, because in this country when you’re fighting an illness whether that’s mental or physical you should be able to get the help you need, end of story.”

“That’s why the Affordable Care Act expands mental health and substance abuse benefits and parity protections for roughly 60 million Americans, and it requires new plans to cover things like depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for kids,” she said.