I will be attending a Cruz rally today and hope to be able to talk to him or at least hand this to him or one of his staff members.
It is time that the candidates start talking about mental health and I hope that he can make it happen. I am sick of sending emails, making phone calls, sending tweets, and sending letters via snail mail and not getting a response.
I am hoping that by actually being in the same room as a candidate, I will have a good chance of getting my voice heard. I plan to speak on behalf of all mental health advocates who are just as frustrated as I am. I will let you know how it goes in a future blog.
This is message I hope to share:
Time quotes you as saying: It’s sad to see the Democrats take a horrific crime and try to use it as an excuse not to go after people with serious mental illness or people who are repeat felons or criminals but rather try to use it as an excuse to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.” June 19, Red Oak, Iowa
I am a very strong advocate and am here to represent over 200,000 mental health advocates. We want the candidates to talk about the mental health crisis and how they are going to SOLVE it.
Many of us are going to base our decisions on who we vote for by listening to the candidate who has the best answer to as how they are going to solve it.
The problem is that candidates avoid the topic like the plague as it is a taboo subject. This adds to the discrimination that we already face because by not talking about mental illness you are adding to the stigma.
How will you get the others to talk about the issue so we can make a good decision and how would you solve it and I don’t want an answer like We are going to take the guns away from them or simply that it is a problem. I, and the mental health advocates that I am in contact with want to know how you will solve it. We at least would like it to be brought up in debates and talked about at town hall meetings and when candidates meet the people who might vote for them.
I am an independent voter and have no clue who I will vote for on the 15th. I am basing my decision on an issue that is just as important as national security, balancing the budget, gun control, social security and education. In fact 25% of Americans have a mental illness and every other American either has been affected by a tragedy, knows someone who is being mistreated or discriminated against or needs help and can’t get it. If none of those pertain to you, then you are affected by listening to stories in the media and have to wonder when someone with a mental illness will attack your school, workplace, place of worship, or a public place you happen to be. I just want to point out that only 1% of people with a mental illness commit a crime.
Every American is affected and that is why it is so important to talk about this issue. Besides, if you can come up with a good solution, you would have at least 25% of the voters voting for you. People might think we are crazy and not educated enough to get to the polls, but you can’t build a wall to prevent us from getting to the poll booth and our votes do matter. We will have a voice when we so often don’t have one.
If time allows- give him or read my blog: At least say that I have contacted you in several ways with no response. I understand that you and your staff can’t respond to everyone. However, I don’t think a candidate or President should get away with not confronting such an important issue. Say I write under Bipolar Bandit and you can google me and find my blog and social media sites including Mental Health Advocates United that I founded and Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses a group.Each have about 20,000 members. I also am in contact with many strong advocates and have interacted with famous people who have a mental illness or are an advocate. I also am involved locally and could get at least a hundred people to come here you speak.
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Most of the candidates have been dodging questions about the problem of mental illness in America. Some will bring it up when talking about gun control by saying things like we need to fix the mental health system or we need to help guns out of the mentally ill.
Well, when is the question going to be asked, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM FACING AMERICA IN REGARDS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM?”
Donald Trump is going to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out and send the people here illegally back to where they came from. Well, Donald Trump, you can’t keep the mentally ill from entering the United States because many of us are already here legally. You can’t send us back either. Where would you send us?
The mental health facilities are so overcrowded that people can’t get the help they need.
This is just one problem that America needs to solve. People are too embarrassed to get help because politicians and the media contribute to the stigma that prevents people from getting the help. People are not educated as to what signs to look for and where to go to get help. One in four people in America have a mental illness- that means that everyone most likely at least knows someone who has a mental illness.
So, what are you going to do Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Sanders? Rubio? Cruz? Kasich? Carson?
I think the ppl who have mental illnesses, their families, and anyone who has been affected by a mental illness due to tragedy deserve a right to know.
I can give you some answers since you can’t seem to come up with any of your own. At least if you have, you have not shared them.
- Ask the mentally ill and their families what is lacking and suggest what could help
- Ask the employees at mental health facilities what they see as problems and see how they would fix it
- Consider bills that are in Congress right now
- Go visit psychiatric hospitals and see how awful most of them are. The patients are being treated worse than animals and not getting the care they need.
- Visit the prisons and see how many people who have a mental illness are there instead of a psychiatric facility
- Stop the revolving door for prisons and hospitals by having inexpensive if not free care after someone leaves
- Finance things like Medical First Aid, Peer Support Specialists, NAMI, DBSA, and Mental Health Association instead of having them rely on donations
- Ask other countries what they are doing
You can’t just throw money at the problem. You can’t keep dodging questions, you definitely should not add to the stigma like I have heard some of you do. Also, by not talking about it does not give the 25% of Americans who have a mental illness respecdt.
The topic of mental health deserves so much more than any candidate or media outlet gives it.
I suggest you:
- Ask for solutions from people who are in the trenches
- Do SOMETHING! Talk about SOLUTIONS
- PROMISE that you have things you are going to do to help the mental health system within your first 100 days in office.
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