The cast of Apple TV+’s hit show "Ted Lasso" met with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Monday afternoon to promote mental health awareness and personal well-being.
The White House visit featured several of the Emmy Award-winning show’s stars, including Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Toheeb Jimoh and Brendan Hunt.
Armed with the show’s uplifting message, “Believe,” the stars discussed the importance of addressing personal mental health issues, a topic that the show has covered extensively in its three seasons on the air.
The show, which centers on its namesake Lasso, deals with the concepts of loneliness, depression, anxiety, mental resilience and features a major storyline involving panic attacks. In a press briefing following the visit, Sudeikis encouraged the public to prioritize their mental health and speak about internal issues bothering them so that they can get the help they need.
“No matter where you are, no matter where you live, no matter who you voted for, we all probably know someone who has, or had been that someone ourselves actually, that’s struggled, that’s felt isolated, that’s felt anxious, that it’s felt alone,” he said. “It’s actually one of the many things that believe it or not, that we all have in common as human beings. So that means that it’s something that we can and should talk about with one another when we’re feeling that way or when we recognize that in someone feeling that way. We encourage everyone and the big theme of the show is to check in with your neighbor, your coworker, your friends, your family, and ask how they’re doing.”
Coach Lasso himself, Jason Sudeikis, joined the White House press briefing to discuss the topic of mental health, which he says everyone should discuss, ‘no matter who you are … where you live … [or] who you voted for’ pic.twitter.com/FugCeS8oWp— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 20, 2023
Combatting the nation’s ongoing and severe mental health crisis has been a priority for the Biden administration, spearheaded by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
At a Special Olympics event last fall, Murthy emphasized the need for equitable mental healthcare in a conversation with World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Prior to that, Murthy declared a mental-health crisis among young people and recently said that 13-year-olds are “too young” to be on social media, citing the harmful effects on children’s personal well-being.
This came weeks before TikTok instituted a default time limit for younger users in an effort to mitigate the detrimental effects of social media on a person’s mental health.
This story first appeared on mmm-online.com.