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.
Contact CNN (hosting next debate on October 13th) Phone: 1 (404) 827-1500 Contact Form:http://www.cnn.com/feedback Twitter: https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics FB :https://www.facebook.com/cnn
Governor Mike Huckabee Facebook: www.facebook.com/MikeHuckabee
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee Email, mailing address, phone number, contact form could not be found
Mental Health Advocates Making a Difference Senator Lindsey Graham Facebook:www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamSC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LindseyGrahamSC Contact FOrm:http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm…290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-3808
Washington, DC 20510…
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarlyFiorina
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CarlyFiorina No email, address, contact form, or phone number could be found
Governor Chris Christie Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovChrisChristie
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovChristie Address Office of the GovernorPO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625 Phone: 609-292-6000 Contact Form-http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/
Dr. Ben Carson Facebook:www.facebook.com/DrBenjaminCarson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RealBenCarson Email and phone could not be found. However, you can ask questions with hashtag #askben
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) Facebook: www.facebook.com/HillaryClinton
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HillaryClinton Contact Form:https://forms.hillaryclinton.com/contact Address: Hillary for America
Post Office Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256 Phone: 646-854-1432
Governor Martin O’Malley (D) FB: www.facebook.com/MartinOMalley
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorOMalley Contact form:https://martinomalley.com/contact-us/ Mail: 1501 St. Paul Street, Ste 115, Baltimore, MD 21202
Email: email@example.com…Phone: 443-552-3526Politician
Contact CBS (next Republican Debate) FB: https://www.facebook.com/CBSNewsTwitter:https://twitter.com/CBSNews Phone: 1 (212) 975-3247 Contact Form:http://www.cbsnews.com/contact-us/
Senator Rick Santorum Facebook: www.facebook.com/RickSantorum
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RickSantorum no other info could be found
Mental Health Advocates Making a Difference Businessman Donald Trump Facebook:www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RealDonaldTrump no other info could be found
Mental Health Advocates Making a Difference Senator Rand Paul Facebook:www.facebook.com/RandPaul
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RandPaul Contact Form: http://www.paul.senate.gov/connect/email-rand 167 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Governor George Pataki Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovGeorgePataki
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorPataki Other information could not be found
Governor John Kasich Facebook: www.facebook.com/JohnRKasich
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JohnKasich Contact Form:https://www.kasichforohio.com/contact/ 268 South 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Governor Jim Gilmore Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimGilmore
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorGilmore 804-225-7780 PO Box 29322, Henrico, VA 23242 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ted Cruz Facebook: www.facebook.com/TedCruzPage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TedCruz Cruz for President P.O. Box 25376 Houston, TX 77265
Tel: 713-353-4330 Contact Form: https://www.tedcruz.org/contact/
Governor Jeb Bushwww.facebook.com/JebBush
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JebBush Contact Form:https://jeb2016.com/contact/?lang=enAddress: Jeb 2016, Inc.
PO Box 440641 Miami, FL 33144 Email: Info@Jeb2016.com
Governor Lincoln Chafee (Rhode Island) D
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LincolnChafee Contact form and phone number could not be found
Mental Health Advocates Making a Difference Governor Bobby Jindal Facebook:www.facebook.com/BobbyJindal
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BobbyJindal Contact Form:https://www.bobbyjindal.com/contact-us/ 900 N 3rd St #4, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mental Health Advocates Making a Difference Senator Jim Webb (D)www.facebook.com/IHeardMyCountryCalling
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JimWebbUSA Contact Form:https://www.webb2016.com/contact/ Phone: 855-JIM-WEBB (855-546-9322) Mail: WEBB 2016
PO BOX 11742.. BURKE, VA 22009
Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Senate (D)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SenSanders Address: 332 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 tel (202) 224-5141
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