Do you want my vote? Please talk about SOLUTIONS to the Mental Health Crisis!

election 2016I think it is important for a president to listen to what the people say. It is very frustrating that I can’t find a voice.
I have written numerous letters, emails, made phone calls and tried to communicate with the media and politicians for years.
I did hear back from a few governors one year when I was working on a project. I also received a personal letter from Clinton who was no longer in office. I have also had the support of my own governor.
However, my voice just does not get heard like it should.  I suspect why and know for a fact that it is not just my voice that is unheard, but many people like me.
I have a mental illness. I am an American who graduated from college and worked as a teacher and manager even though I struggle with a severe mental illness. I have never committed a crime.
I am a human being and deserve the time of a candidate/president and the media as much as someone who is unemployed, worried about health care, concerned about national security and is disappointed in Washington.
I love my country and want it to be better. However, I don’t see that happening unless mental illness is talked about and there are actual steps that are taken to help with the failed mental health system.
The candidates need to stop dodging questions about mental health and the media needs to start asking about mental health. We want solutions. By we, I don’t just need mean the mentally ill or their families or the professionals who work at psychiatric hospitals and prison guards who are seeing revolving doors.
EVERY American is affected by mental illness in some way.  National tragedies are just one way, but did you know that 1 in 4 people in the United States have a mental illness?
I am an independent voter and live in NC so I am not sure if my vote will even matter. What I do know is that a candidate must convince me that they are willing to listen to the mentally ill and demand other candidates to do so also. I.
We, the mentally ill, want someone who is going to solve mental health crisis not just talk about it being a problem.
I think it is important that a president/candidate hear the voices of the people.  If you don’t respond to people (the mentally ill) we feel like our voices don’t matter. We might have a mental illness, but we have just as much right to vote as someone  who does not. Do you want our vote?
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Mental Health Awareness Day & Thanks to Some Governors

Appeal to the media and politicians: Does anyone care that it is Mental Illness Awareness Week in America?

Major Overhaul Needed Re: Mental Health System

To Governor Bush: Was it the Right Decision?

Dear Dr.Rand Paul, We need your help!

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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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