I drove over two hours to attend Cruz’s rally. The picture of where it was going to be was a small church so I figured I would be able to ask him a question. I had written it up and thank goodness I had. There were so many people there that they did not let everyone in even though they had gotten tickets on eventbrite.com
I was one of the lucky ones to get in. I enjoyed the interview he had with Meghan Kelly and liked what he had to say. However, he still does not have my vote. I am still an undecided voter.
This might change, but as of right now, something needs to happen before I would vote for him. That is for him to talk about the mental health crisis and how he will SOLVE it.
I have written several blogs that I have included at the bottom of this blog explaining why I think that is so important to thousands of American who are mental health advocates that the candidates talk about this serious issue that affects all Americans.
When I go to vote at the primary on the 15th, if I have not heard any candidate explain what they would do to SOLVE the problem, I will consider that they discriminated against me and have added to the stigma that the mentally ill have to face every day.
Numerous emails, twitter tags, letters, FB messages and even phone calls have been made to the media and the candidates by not only me, but other advocates I know. We are asking that they talk about the mental health crisis an we don’t even get a response.
I was interviewed by a news channel and a newspaper at the rally and learned this morning that neither story was used.
Until the candidates, politicians, and the media start talking about mental health we will keep seeing overcrowded jails and tragedies. They all need to talk about what the mentally ill face. Once they do, I have made up some suggestions of what they can do in my article: Candidates-Do you care about the 25% of Americans who have a mental Illness? PROVE IT!
- not knowing what symptoms to look for because the public is not educated
- embarrassment to get help
- not knowing where to get help
- can’t get help when they nee it
- being jailed instead of hospitalized
- the revolving doors because they can’t get outpatient care
- mistreatment by staff members in hospitals
- being ignored when they try to reach out to supervisors or patient relations after mistreatment
- being ignored after they plead the people who represent them in Congress to do something to help them and others- They get no response from emails, snail mail, phone calls, and social media
- being ignored by the media when they offer to tell their story and they want nothing to do with it and very rarely even talk about the mentally ill at all, especially patients who are dying due to mistreatment at hospitals and jails
- insurance companies deciding that they can’t get meds that have worked for a long time
- not being able to afford medications
- Discrimination and Stigma- If you don’t think we are discriminated against, then read I have a Dream Re: Mental Illness
So, I could have been close enough to take a great picture of the next president. I just hope that he gives me a reason for me to help him. If he did not read my letter, then he does not deserve to be president because every vote should matter and this nation should be lead “for the by the people.” If he can’t get someone in his campaign to respond to my letter after multiple emails and a hand delivered letter, then I don’t think he qualifies for the job and it has nothing to do with the fact he was born in Canada.
If he did read my letter and chooses to do nothing, he is discriminating against the mentally ill and should not qualify for president any more than a candidate who discriminates for the color of their skin or faith. I have a dream Re: Mental Health
After spending over 25 years advocating for the mentally ill. I am so frustrated with Washington. The large majority of them do not try and solve the problem and barely even talk about the mental health crisis.
So, who has my vote so far in this election? Mickey Mouse That is not because I am crazy as many people think the mentally ill are. It is because I as of right now there is no candidate who is willing to talk about the issue of how to SOLVE the mental health crisis.
I don’t want to vote for Mickey so I sure do hope that the candidates start talking about this issue. Out of the realistic candidates left, I would like to vote for Cruz. However,I can’t do it if he does not let me as a mental health advocate help the mentally ill and those who are affected by it.