Since the presidential campaign started, I, along with other mental health advocates, have been trying to get the candidates to talk about how they would SOLVE the mental health crisis.
We, as mental health advocates, are frustrated that mental illness/health doesn’t even get brought up. The candidates are not forced to answer questions that involve every American in the United States. The mentally ill citizens and their families are not the only ones affected. Anyone who has been at a tragic event involving someone with a mental illness or has heard about one on the news knows that the mental health crisis is not going away.
The solution is not talking about gun control, the solution is not saying something needs to be done, the solution is not saying there are bills in Congress that Washington is working on to solve the crisis. The solution is definitely not building a wall around the mentally ill.
Something needs to be figured out now. The next president needs to get into office and tackle the problem just as fiercely as he would any other issue that is affecting America right now.
The mental health advocates need answers and there are lists of them online and other places. However, in order to vote for the candidate who they feel answers the questions the best, we would actually have the questions asked and answered. Why don’t the candidates talk about mental illness? It is a taboo subject and the candidates don’t care if they add to the stigma by making rude remarks and/or not talking about the issues.
I was really hopeful that out of all the candidates, Kasich would get the subject of mental illness brought up in the debates. He has made remarks that sound like he wants to talk about the issue. However, that is about as far as he goes. I have read some articles about him and he does care about the mentally ill. His brother has a mental illness and he really does care.
However, just like other candidates, I have made numerous attempts to contact Kasich and he has not gotten back to me and not gotten the topic talked about in the media or at debates. He has not forced the others to come up with answers. He is now in the national spotlight. Many don’t think he has a chance to become our next Commander in Chief.
These people who think he can’t win are most likely right even though Kasich thinks he still has a chance. Well, he might have a chance if he talks to the 25% of voters who have a mental illness and the even more who are affected by it.
I hope to hear from soon. I am planning to suggest that he does talk about the mentally and the what he would do to solve the crisis. I hope he takes me up on it. Even if he does not become the next president, at least the topic of how the candidates will solve the mental health crisis will be talked about.
The mentally ill won’t feel like we are less than human beings anymore and thought of as “crazy”. Candidates-We are not less than human beings. We are Americans and have a right to vote! Will Kasich get the topic talked about and most likely win our vote? Time will tell, but I highly suggest that he does get the topic in the forefront if not to win the election, but for his brother.