Published Letter to the Editor: Major Overhaul Needed Re: Mental Health System

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Letter to the Editor published on 3/12/2014

MICHELLE LANDE HUGHES, Winston-Salem

A major overhaul

The state’s mental-health system needs a major overhaul. Everyone knows it, but little is being done.

Mental-health advocates know that one of the main obstacles to fixing the problem is to erase the stigma. More needs to be done to raise awareness and let people know that it is OK to get help.

We need to educate people so that they will recognize signs in themselves preventing emergencies and tragedies.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy has introduced mental-health legislation. It’s unfortunate that even advocates can’t decide if it is good or bad. Therefore, once again, most likely nothing will change.

We don’t need bills passed or mismanaged money to fix the broken mental-health system. We need those with mental illnesses respected and their voices heard.

We need those people who make the decisions as to how and where the money is spent to put the needs of the people they serve their top priority. People should not have to wait for treatment resulting in trips to the ER or worse. I think that the taxpayer’s dollars are not being spent wisely and it needs to be evaluated.

There needs to be accountability. Where is it going to come from? Who is going to hold the people who are making the decisions responsible? I think that the people in the community need to do it. However, what power do we really have? I, as someone with a mental illness and a citizen, don’t think I have any.

(A Letter to The Editor Published 3/12/2014)

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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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