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Statement on the Legacy ofFormer First Lady Rosalynn Carter
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Inseparable joins all those who are mourning the loss of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a groundbreaking mental health advocate who passed away on Nov. 19, 2023.
Bill Smith, the founder of Inseparable, released the following statement:
“At a time when far too many in our country couldn’t—or wouldn’t—talk about the importance of mental health, Mrs. Carter was a tremendous champion who worked to bring it front and center. She was a force for good in the world and touched the lives of millions of Americans.”
“Her pivotal work continued at The Carter Center, whose mental health program changed how we view and prioritize mental health. Through its work educating and supporting reporters around the world on how to properly cover mental health issues in the media, it has also changed how we talk about mental health. That work continues to this day and is part of her incredible legacy, which we join in celebrating.”
Mrs. Carter championed mental health care at the state and national levels, as well as internationally. As first lady, she was instrumental in the passage of the United State’s Mental Health Systems Act of 1980, which distributed much-needed grants to community health centers, and later, she launched the annual Georgia Mental Health Forum and chaired the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force, which has propelled awareness of and increased access to mental health care. Significantly, Mrs. Carter sought to highlight the needs of caregivers and the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers was established in her honor at Georgia Southwestern State University.