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house Bill H. Res. 221

Should Congress Support April's National Stress Awareness Month?

Argument in favor

Stress is a serious health issue, particularly for members of the American workforce. It’s something that needs more attention and that’s exactly what this resolution does.

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05/02/2015
Yes, wait, let me check my calend... I really can't, you know things are super busy right now with the kids and work is crazy and did I tell you
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Shawn's Opinion
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04/30/2015
I think we should because I didn't even know it was stress awareness month. Stress is a poison (literally, called cortisol). Everything that stress grabs a hold of., it weighs down, causing unhappy work lives, family lives (which effects society at large), etc etc. Helping this issue would not only improve quality of life but I'm sure would even help boost our economy with happier, more focused and motivated workers.
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QUMurphy's Opinion
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05/05/2015
This isn't adding to the federal deficit, just raising awareness for something that needs it.
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Argument opposed

Oh, good, another awareness month.

Evercraft's Opinion
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04/30/2015
April is already health awareness month, as well as a myriad of other things, this falls under the umbrella of health issues. Honestly, nobody can keep track of awareness months at this point.
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Bob's Opinion
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04/30/2015
They have more important things they are not doing.
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Zachary's Opinion
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06/03/2015
Pass a bill that actually strengthens mental health infrastructure, not another awareness month that gets lost in the shuffle.
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simple resolution Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedApril 23rd, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 221?

This resolution seeks to raise awareness about the serious health impacts of stress by throwing Congressional support behind naming April 2015 as “National Stress Awareness Month.”


First, this resolution runs through a number of statistics about stress, including that:

  • Employees believe that they’re more stressed than the previous generation;
  • Workers who report being more stressed miss more time and have higher healthcare expenses in the long run;
  • Stress can mess up a person's digestive, cardiovascular and skeletal systems;
  • Few people take measures to prevent stress like exercising and eating healthy.


As far as actual resolutions go, this one would make Congress resolve to:

  • Support calling April National Stress Awareness Month and the goals behind it;
  • Recognize Department of Health and Human Services’s (DHHS) work in educating people about stress;
  • Encourage people to observe the month.

Impact

People that are stressed, mental health care professionals, The Department of Health and Human Services.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 221

A CBO estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Being stressed is bad, and acknowledging that that’s the case is a pretty innocuous, non-partisan move, right? Apparently not. Though this resolution has forty co-sponsors, they’re all Democrats. Do Republicans not get stressed?


Perhaps Republicans are just more realistic about the speed at which Congress moves. Sponsoring Rep. Tony Cardenas introduced this bill on April 23, 2015. Y’know, a week before April 2015 was over.


Remember: this is a resolution, not a bill. The president won’t ever see it on his desk; it’s mostly just the House speaking its collective mind on an issue.


Of Note:

Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been held every April. While complaints of stress might suggest Cathy comics and college kids lying around the library talking about all the work that they have to do instead of working — as the resolution points out, stress really does have negative consequences for your physical well-being. 


As the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) explains, when you experience stress, your body is releasing the same chemicals that initiate “fight or flight” responses that give animals a boost when facing predators. But when you’re stressed for long periods of time, because of work, debt, being a Knicks fan, these same chemicals can lower your immune response to disease  and seriously mess with your digestive and reproductive systems.


On its site for April 2015, the DHHS outlined a number of anti-stress strategies. They include making time to relax through stuff like sports and yoga. The page even includes a sidebar on meditation.


As pressing as it may be, stress does not have a monopoly on awareness for April. It’s also Alcohol Awareness MonthSexual Assault Awareness MonthAutism Awareness MonthEsophageal Cancer Awareness Month and a whole bunch of others.


Media:

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institute of Mental Health

The Health Resource Network

WCTV


Summary by James Helmsworth
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Skley

Official Title

Expressing support for designation of April 2015 as "National Stress Awareness Month".

    Yes, wait, let me check my calend... I really can't, you know things are super busy right now with the kids and work is crazy and did I tell you
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    April is already health awareness month, as well as a myriad of other things, this falls under the umbrella of health issues. Honestly, nobody can keep track of awareness months at this point.
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    They have more important things they are not doing.
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    I think we should because I didn't even know it was stress awareness month. Stress is a poison (literally, called cortisol). Everything that stress grabs a hold of., it weighs down, causing unhappy work lives, family lives (which effects society at large), etc etc. Helping this issue would not only improve quality of life but I'm sure would even help boost our economy with happier, more focused and motivated workers.
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    Pass a bill that actually strengthens mental health infrastructure, not another awareness month that gets lost in the shuffle.
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    I'm stressed out by the number of things I need to be aware of... Seriously, I pay attention to none of these awareness months and know hardly anybody that does.
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    Bills such as this make me wonder why we pay members of Congress as much as we do. Of course we're more stressed! You'd better serve the American people by addressing some of the CAUSES of the increased stress, such as the bad state of our economy and our national debt; nearly a MILLION Muslim "refugees" brought into our country AGAINST THE WISHES OF MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS; the Obama-enabled invasion of America by ILLEGAL ALIENS, many of whom are criminals, drug cartel members, and/or members of DANGEROUS GANGS; and the seemingly unending assault on our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS! AND I AM DISGUSTED BY CONGRESS' FAILURE TO IMPEACH BARACK OBAMA, WHOSE OFFENSES MAKE RICHARD NIXON LOOK LIKE A BLOOMIN' ANGEL BY COMPARISON! Oh, and that goes for Hillary Clinton, too!
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    Just another subject/idea of a feel good gesture too keep Congress looking the other way while illegal immigrants are crossing our border, gangs like M13 shooting up children in Los Angeles or Chicago or Detroit. Maybe they should sensor POTUS for sneaking Mexicans/OTMs across our borders or exposing our children to TB and allowing foreigners into our homeland without background checks. And finally, after 8 years a judge will investigate why Obama has the same SSN as a resident of Connecticut or another Judge sending DOJ attorneys to 5 years of ethics training. And I'm sure the people suffering with depression want their disorder celebrated in the National News media.
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    Who cares about awareness months? No one really pays attention to them. Same as heritage months, except heritage months do more to highlight our differences, thus dividing us, than anything else.
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    Stress and anxiety awareness. And not just aimed for adults. 🦋 Children need to know the physical signs of stress and anxiety and where to get help. ⏱ Assuming, that is, there is anyone still willing to invest in the lives of our children. 🔑 Yes, congress does have more important things to do. But, the mental health of the country is hanging by a thread. Focusing on the effects of stress may serve to remind our congressional leaders of the human lives hanging on that fragile thread.
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    Honestly, there are so many awareness month themes that all the issues they're trying to promote become desensitized. I completely understand that my Representative will vote "Yes" (Who wants to be AGAINST promoting awareness of mental issues?), but I am voting no due to the core principal of too many awareness months.
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    Yeah, sure! But I also think it's time we apply some more critical thought as to how we make social change. Declaring something special for a month does not address the systemic causes of stress - namely playing in a rigged game of economic, racial, and gender-based injustice.
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    This isn't adding to the federal deficit, just raising awareness for something that needs it.
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    Stress is the factor behind the number one killer of heart disease.
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    (1) This is not the business of congress. Stick to the very limited list of things that are actually your constitutionally-granted concerns. "Awareness months" are not among them. (2) Is there anyone unaware of what stress is or when they're experiencing it? Is there genuine reason to be concerned that anyone wouldn't be aware that stress exists?
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    Stress is something that everyone experience daily. So many people use medication or self medicate to deal with stress in their life. Raising awareness that this is a real health issue can open more doors to individuals to talk about it. It's not something we should be ashamed of but its something we need to accept as a society that this is a real issue.
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    Really? You don't think there are too many specialty months? And do you think a HUGE amount of stress U.S. citizen taxpayers have results from inane government rules, interference in our personal lives, and excessively high and numerous taxes? Instead of acknowledging stress in our society, Congress should eliminate the I.R.S.; pass a national sales tax (aka Fair Tax) so even illegals, politicians, and wealthy people have to contribute to our economy and taxes; stop passing so many laws; cut senators' and representatives' pay by 50%; balance the budget with slashes in expenditures; remove illegals from our country; eliminate half the bureaus and bureaucrats; and support US, the U.S. citizens who pay your salaries! In other words, eliminate THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF ALL STRESS: GOVERNMENT TYRANNY!
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    Im stressed out every month, and I don't see any of them as stand-outs that I need to be made extra-aware of. Maybe I'm missing something. Save my money and your breath on an issue, please.
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    Stress is a serious issue, and people often don't realize the impacts it can make on others, especially when mental illnesses get involved. We should make the country aware of different ways we can relieve stress, and dedicating a month to doing that would be really cool, especially because it really is minimal effort. Just existing will lead to citizens speaking out about stress, so there isn't much work going in otherwise. It would just be something small that could really help a lot of people.
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    This does nothing and is a waste of time
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