Obama calls for end to mental illness stigma

President Barack Obama says he is convening a conference on mental illness to bring the issue "out of the shadows."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is convening a conference on mental illness to bring the issue "out of the shadows."

Obama is speaking Monday at the opening of the day-long White House conference. The event is part of Obama's response to last year's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

The president emphasized that most people with mental health problems are not violent. But he says that untreated mental illness can lead to larger tragedies.

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