Anxiety is as much as a source of physical distress as it is a sign of psychological trauma. That assertion rests on a foundation of facts and studies, of testimony from doctors and patients alike. It is a statement of truth, which too many know all too well.
For these reasons, I know how crucial it is to educate the public about this issue. I understand the urgency of expanding care, increasing access to trained mental health professionals, and creating a community where people can discuss this subject with a sense of security, trust and discretion.
Let me also take this opportunity to salute those individuals who continue to make it their mission to treat anxiety. These people are a source of inspiration and courage, now and forevermore.
We can lessen the effects of anxiety, provided we have a frank conversation about the seriousness of this condition; provided we invite the community to form an online community for the good of treating this condition; provided we offer information of value and defend the values we hold dear; provided we never lose sight of the size of this challenge and the scope of our mission.
We have a right to enjoy our physical and mental health.
We have a right to know more – to do more – so anxiety does not control us.
We have a right to happiness, a liberty we should pursue with dedication and strength.
We have a right to do right, in an open and safe environment.