The Stigma of the Mentally Ill is Hurting America

Please note: This was my first attempt at writing a blog.  I have since learned that I should back the things I said up with more facts. I plan to do this sometime in the near future.  What are your thoughts about this article?  I would like to hear more constructive criticism. Thanks.

The Stigma of the Mentally Ill is Hurting America

By Michelle LH

  1. Violent crimes are on the rise and the majority of them are being done by people who are mentally ill.
  2. The stigma that is attached to people with mental illnesses had been getting better, but now I fear is getting worse than ever.
  3. Famous people with mental illnesses try to hide their illness like there is something wrong with having a diagnosis.  This furthering the problem with the stigma.
  4. Because of the stigma, less people will be getting help when they need it.
  5. With less people getting help for a variety of reasons, more crimes will be committed,  psychiatric hospitals will be even more full than they already are, and more people will be jailed for things that could have been prevented had the criminals been medicated properly.
  6. In addition, there is a shortage of psychiatrists , a decrease in  hospital beds for the mentally ill, and long waiting lists for help from the government to get meds. (State run places that help the mentally ill take a month or more to get help.)
  7. Who is going to help this situation? What will they do?
  8. Suggestions: More actors, athletes, musicians, successful businessmen, etc. need to start to come out and talk about their mental illness.  Commercials letting people know that being mentally ill is ok and encourage people to get help. More ppl need to be encouraged to go into psychiatric field. Psychiatric hospitals need to be more efficient.
  9. It has to cost more for the government to jail these ppl and hospitalize them. Instead money should be put into prevention.  Prevention=education and psychiatric help available: Let’s stomp on the stigmatism!
  10. I would like to see a politician talk about this issue.
  11. If you are interested in more information about bipolar disorder and mental illnesses, please visit  :
  12. Pinterest Bipolar Bandit
  13.  Facebook Bipolar Bandit 
  14.  Twitter Bipolar Bandit
  15. Mental Health Advocates United FB page

I organized a group called Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses

  1. 12.  My goal is to get my two questions to as many politicians and media as I can.
  2. 13.  My questions are: What are you going to do to help the stigma attached to the mentally ill? What are you going to do to fix the problems of psychiatric help not available in a timely manner?
  3. Thanks for your time!
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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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