Do the votes of Mental Health Advocates Matter?

questions not answered

I have seen articles talking about what mental health advocates would ask a candidate. I have heard advocates talk about what they would say to a  candidate if they had a chance to talk to them.  (Links to articles below)

However, it does not matter.  Why?  The media won’t ask questions about how the candidates would SOLVE the mental health crisis.  The candidates ignore emails, phone calls and social media contacts from the mentally ill and advocates.

Why? We, the mentally ill,  are shoved to the side because the candidates are afraid to say the wrong thing. It has become a taboo subject  Well, by not talking about, it adds to the stigma and we feel discriminated against.  If you don’t think we are discriminated against read: I have a Dream Re: Mental Illnesses 

I personally have emailed, sent mail and made phone calls and not one person in the media or a candidate/campaign has responded.  I even drove two hours to see a candidate in person. The event was too large to have personal contact with the candidate.  However, I was able to hand off a letter to this candidate’s handler who said they would get it to him. I also was interviewed by a newspaper and on a national news channel.

I am hopeful that this candidate and/or my efforts will get the candidates talking about an issue that is just as important as all the other issues-solving the mental health crisis will pay off. If not this time, I won’t give up.  My vote, along with other mentally ill Americans matter and we need to know who to vote for. We care about other issues, but this affects us the most directly. In fact, it affects every American.

I understand that they are busy and can’t respond to everyone. However, I, a long with thousands of other advocates, have contacted them asking how they would solve the mental health crisis or at least have to talk more in depth about mental illness.  We keep getting ignored.

As the founder/administrator of Advocates for Mental Illnesses and founder of several social media sites including Mental Health Advocates United, I am in contact with over 200,000 mental health advocates.  I know that advocates around the country want the candidates to talk about mental health. Are they going to do it before we have to vote in the general election or primary election if we have not voted yet?

Many advocates will vote on the person who they think will help the mentally ill the most. How in the world are we supposed to do that when we can’t get them to talk about it?

Let’s not give up!  Keep writing and making phone calls and going to events where the candidates will be and asking how they will solve the mental health crisis. Hopefully mental health advocates will know how a candidate stands on how they are going to SOLVE the mental health crisis that affects every American.  With that knowledge each advocate can make a decision based on that since that means so much to so many people in our country.  Below are my other blog articles related to asking the candidates talk about the crisis of mental illness that faces so man Americans.  Below that are the articles mentioned in the first paragraph.

Did you miss the debate? Mental Illness Was Not Discussed

Candidates-Do you care about the 25% of Americans who have a mental Illness? PROVE IT!

Mental Health Should be a Priority

40 Million Voters Ignored

Why June 3rd Is an Important Day in the US, Who is Invited, and What is the Agenda?

Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses Need to Unite

What can a mental health advocate do to help people with mental illnesses?

What is required to be a Mental Health Care Advocate?

Encouragement from a Political Mental Health Advocate and News Channel

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!

Did you miss the debate? Mental Illness Was Not Discussed

Candidates-Do you care about the 25% of Americans who have a mental Illness? PROVE IT!

Mental Health Should be a Priority

40 Million Voters Ignored

Why June 3rd Is an Important Day in the US, Who is Invited, and What is the Agenda?

Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses Need to Unite

What can a mental health advocate do to help people with mental illnesses?

What is required to be a Mental Health Care Advocate?

Encouragement from a Political Mental Health Advocate and News Channel

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!

Will Candidate Cruz earn the vote of Mental Health Advocates?

 

Articles that talk about what mental health advocates would ask candidates:

What Moms Would Ask Presidential Candidates About Maternal Mental Health

Candidate Forums and Town Hall Meetings: Questions to ask on Mental Health (2012)

Key Questions to ask the Candidates

18 Mental Health Questions We Want to Ask the Presidential Candidates

Also, you can join the group I founded to find out more questions people would ask. They are also discussing their frustrations at how mental health is not being discussed in the debates:   Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses group

 

 

 

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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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