US ‘on the cusp’ of mental health advances, Biden says


Calling the human brain “the only uncharted territory on earth,” Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night that the United States is “on the cusp” of major changes in how mental illness is diagnosed and treated.

“It truly is amazing what we don’t know and astounding what we might learn,” Biden said during the inaugural gala of the Kennedy Forum on mental health at the John F. Kennedy Library .

The forum, which includes a one-day conference Thursday, marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of a law that funded mental health centers throughout the United States.

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