Until about a year ago, I did not follow politics very much.
However, this election has captured many people’s attention including mine. I think it’s mainly because of Trump’s outlandish statements that grabbed the attention of the media.
Now, I am hoping that he will get the attention of the media on a topic that affects ALL Americans and has not yet been talked about.
That topic is the mental health crisis.
I have written emails, made phone calls, used Twitter and FB to asking the candidates and the media to talk about the issue of mental health. I even drove two miles to personally deliver a letter regarding my pleas. I also was interviewed by a television channel and a newspaper at that event.
However, I don’t hear anything back and my voice seems to have no impact. Well, I live in NC and am an independent undecided voter waiting to hear how each candidate will SOLVE the mental health crisis. How am I going to pick the best candidate when they don’t even talk about it?
I already have shared blogs about specific candidates. I have already written one about Hillary and Clinton, but this one is dedicated to just Trump. My hopes that because he gets the national attention that he does, that he has the best chance of getting the candidates to talk about how they are going to SOLVE the mental health crisis.
I have tweeted messages and left phone calls already today. I understand he is busy and so are his staff. However, like I have said before, if a president can’t hear and respond to every voice in a nation of “people by the people”, then he is not qualified to be the leader-in-chief if you ask me. That is beside the point.
I wanted to share with you the message I left on his form and the email I wrote to him. My voice mail messages said pretty much the same thing. Will he answer them? If not, I am going to have to assume he does not care about the mentally ill and the mental health crisis any more than any other candidate.
Message via email saying I would volunteer if he talks about the mental health crisis:
(Message sent via his form from his website is below my signature on this one.)
I would be willing to help volunteer in any way that I can in Winston Salem, NC from now until the primaries. I would then help Trump get elected in the general election. It would be Great to See America again.
I am an independent UNDECIDED voter living in NC who will be voting on the 15th. Honestly, Trump is not on the top of my list of people to vote for. However, I would do everything I could to help win in NC if he were to get the other candidates to talk about how they would SOLVE the mental health crisis and he had a good solution. At the bottom of the message I included a link to some great ideas of what he could do.
One in four people have a mental illness. They all have friends and family. All Americans are affected because of the national tragedies. However, the candidates avoid the topic like the plague.
As a mental health advocate who has a way to contact over 200,000 mental health advocates locally and via social media, I would like to know what his stance is. I can verify this if asked.
I have contacted the other candidates via email, FB, Twitter, and phone calls. I actually even hand delivered a letter (drove two hours) asking for a candidate to talk about mental health in the national spotlight. ( This can be documented in several way including two interviews by the media. I also would be happy to share with you who that candidate was if you were to talk about mental health.)
I can get local mental health advocates together to ask him questions and can get a venue for him that holds 2,000 people. However, with his crowds and pull, there are other places locally that he could use.
Please let him know that I, and other mental health advocates would like to base our decision on who to vote for now and in the general election on how they would solve the mental health crisis. How can we do that if they don’t even talk about it?
Candidates-Do you care about the mentally ill? PROVE IT!
In summary, if you have gotten this far:
Does Trump care enough about the mentally ill and the mental health crisis to actually talk about it and get the other candidates to do so also?
Does Trump care about the vote of the mentally ill, including mine?
Is he brave enough to come to an event where mental health advocates get to ask him questions?
Time will tell, but if he doesn’t confront it in the campaign, I can tell him that we,the mentally ill “crazy” people can and will vote. You can’t build a wall around us, Trump!