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Jason Sudeikis and the cast of ‘Ted Lasso’ visit the White House


The cast of the hit show “Ted Lasso” is expected to travel to the White House on Monday to discuss efforts to address mental health needs with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

According to a statement from Apple TV+, visitors will include Emmy-winning comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis, who plays the show’s eponymous football coach.

The pandemic-era show often includes themes of optimism, kindness, and determination. The character Dani Rojas, a football pro trained by Lasso, made the saying “Fútbol is life!” in a slogan in 2021.

Biden has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in federal, state and local efforts to better address mental health issues in the United States

Calling the state of the country’s mental health a crisis after the coronavirus pandemic reduced socializing and forced many workers and children to return home, Biden last year advocated for major taxpayer investment in the solutions. .

The administration has dedicated federal funds to expanding school-based mental health treatment and training first responders on how to respond to people in mental health emergencies.

“Mental health affects us all,” Biden said in a statement in October. “We can and must do more to transform the way we approach mental health in America.”

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.