The Presidential Candidates Need to Talk about Mental Health

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It does not matter if you have already picked out your candidate, if you are a Republican or a Democrat, or what issues that are being debated that matter most to you.  However, if you are a mental health advocate, one issue that really should make a difference in how you vote and is hardly being talked about at all is mental health and mental illness.

The candidates have mentioned that something needs to be done about it, but very few if any have talked about a specific plan that would help not only the mental health community and/or society in general.

One in four people in the United States have a mental illness. Even more have a family member, co-worker, or friend who has a mental illness.  If that is not the case, I can argue that everyone is affected by mental illness in any way.  Only about 1% of tragedies involve people with mental illness, but the media likes to point out when they are and rarely take the opportunity to educate the public about the illness that person has, things to look for if you suspect someone might have a mental illness, what resources are available, and that stigma is a problem. Instead, they contribute to it.

There are so many thing that need to be changed in our mental health system and listing them all is not the purpose of this blog article. The purpose is to raise awareness that our next president needs to do something about the problem that involves everyone in the United States.  25% of the voters have a mental illness. That is a huge voting base. Our questions deserve to be answered. I personally have not decided who I would vote for, but a lot of what would determine that would be based on their mental health plan.  How can I do that if the candidates are not even being held accountable to answer questions from the mental health community?

If you are a mental health advocate, your help is needed now! Please join our efforts in getting mental health to be a hot topic in the debates.  Advocates are starting to join forces to bombard our candidates and the media.  Consider being one of those people who can make this all happen.  Together we can make a difference!

The two main places right now that are discussing ways to go about this are on MHAU’s page and mainly in our advocacy group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses. You are welcome to join our community of over 18,000 members. If you would rather not do that, there are so many other things you can do.  As all this develops I will write another blog.  However, I did want you to have a way to contact all the candidates and the two television stations who will be having the next two debates now.

In the group, we are working on form letters, FB messages, tweets, etc. We are also encouraging people to think outside the box and write their own and contact celebrities who are advocates, their psychiatrists, their local media stations and the ideas are continuously pouring in.

The list of the candidates are below in no particular order.  They all need to talk about mental health and mental illness.  Most of them have at least FB and Twitter pages.  I provided mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers if they were readily available. 

Let’s do this!  We might have a mental illness, but we are intelligent individuals who matter.  It is time our voices are heard.  If you would like to contact me personally, my email address is MichelleLandeClark@gmail.com 

Note: I write under the name Bipolar Bandit, but I also founded the advocacy group mentioned above and operate the page.   The same article can be found on MHAU’s website, but I know different people read this blog, so I wanted to share it here too.

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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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2 Responses to The Presidential Candidates Need to Talk about Mental Health

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