President Joe Biden is expected to visit the mental health foundation and mental health organization, the Biden Institute, during his trip to the United Kingdom later this month.
Biden, who is battling the flu, has called on his administration to take a more proactive approach to addressing the country’s mental health needs.
The vice president has taken steps to encourage more research and support, including a pledge to hold an “emergency mental health summit” with his cabinet members next month.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
“The Vice President has also worked hard to strengthen the mental healthcare community by appointing the Vice President’s Mental Health Coordinator and appointing a new Commissioner of the National Institute of Mental Health,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Psaki also noted that the president has appointed several former top officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as co-chairs of the Biden administration’s mental healthcare commission.
In addition, the president signed a presidential memorandum last week establishing a task force on mental health and substance abuse.
This initiative was created by Biden after his vice president, Joe Biden, said during his first term in office that mental health care is one of the most pressing challenges facing our country.
Although the Biden-led task force has received broad bipartisan support, its work has been hindered by a lack of funding and coordination.
During his visit to the U, Biden will visit a U.K. institute to highlight the importance of mental health.
U.K.-based mental health charity Refuge, which provides support to vulnerable populations, is also sponsoring the visit.
Meanwhile, the vice president and the president are expected to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and former U.
Joseph Stiglitz and John Ashe.