What needs to Change in the Mental Health System


I posed this question in honor of Mental Health Month in my Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses group and FB page Mental Health Advocates.  Here are some answers (anonymously):

  • Health care coverage, insurance! More people working the field that know what they are doing!
  • Better training or vetting for mental health case workers
  •  Access to care.  To explore new possibilities with hallucinations
  • Money, money, money into the right hands. Having mounds of money, endless pockets, would allow everything to happen that is needed.
  •  The laws most of them are made under the impression they are helping them but in the long run it hurts them and the families!!  Easier accessibility for appts
     More advocates to change laws!  Evidenced Based Practices need to be taught & implemented.
    Supported employment! We need to provide more career choices and opportunities so that those with mental illnesses can be fully self-sufficient without having to take a dead-end job that doesn’t work.
  • First, mental health is not a business. People have needs, that should be net, for the safely of not only them, but to their caregivers and community. Second, they shouldn’t be made to feel like a stereotype.
    We need to create an actual ‘system’. It’s so hit or miss.
     Make people REALLY understand these are medical disorders, neurological disorders that need medical treatment.
     Absolutely . When understanding this disease is part of the public consciousness ,money will be appropriated for public health and insurers will be forced to include coverage .
  •  If there was a Law for them to care. Single Payer Mental Health Care.
  •  True equality in treating mental and physical health.
  • I work in the psychiatric field in NJ. Would you like a list? For example, NJ keeps requiring more education, certification, licensure, etc. All of which cost a lot of time and money to obtain. Therefore, employees expect to make more money.
  •  I am all for better providers, but running a community based program, working with non-profit funding structure, makes it near impossible to keep the good ones. My program serves between 90 and 115 every day with an average staff of less than 15. My colleagues should be nominated for saint-hood.
  • People’s attitudes about mental illness is a barrier in itself.
  • Better access to out patient care. Changes in the laws regarding involuntary commitments. It’s not against the law to be mentally ill, but at what point does it become necessary to involuntarily commit? I have been dealing with the system for at least 20 years and it’s broken!
  • Less medication and better psycho-analysis/therapy….u gotz to know what the REAL PROBLEM is, before u can treat it properly. more beds and staff that truly cares about the patients and not JUST a J-O-B…to pay the bills.
    ACCESS to affordable care above anything else!
    One unified communication system between all providers of mental health,,,,, we work with several agencies/facilities,,,, and the time and complications of sharing patient information is confusing, frustrating, and i’m sure is detrimental to the individuals’ needs
    More beds especially for children. Behavioral Health Hospitals that accept children in every major city. More pediatric psychiatrists not just psychiatrists who see children in addition to adults. More education and less stigma. End the bipolar weather jokes. End the over generalizing of OCD. It is much more complex than wanting clean hands or an organized house. When a friend or family member is hospitalized for MI, yes pray for them and their family, but also ask what you can do to help.
    We need change experience of disappointment and failure. A very flawed system, people especially youth shouldn’t have to turn to suicide because they ” are tired of telling their story” 💔💔💔

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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5 Responses to What needs to Change in the Mental Health System

  1. manyofus1980 says:

    I agree with all this! Will reblog this for sure its a great list! x

  2. manyofus1980 says:

    Reblogged this on Therapy Bits and commented:
    This post is well worth a read! Great valid points made here!

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