Markle, Mental Health, and the Media Messing up the Message

As a mental health advocate, I have been working on educating others about mental illness to help erase the stigma for 35 years. I want people to know that mental illness is not somethig tp be ashamed of and can happen to anyone. Anyone? Yes! Many celebrities have revealed they struggle with mental health issues. … Continue reading Markle, Mental Health, and the Media Messing up the Message

Memorial Day: Remembering ALL Soldiers who Have Lost Their Lives!

  Today is not just a day to celebrate the first day of summer with our friends and family. It is a day to remember the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Many often think that in order to be one who is remembered today that you must have … Continue reading Memorial Day: Remembering ALL Soldiers who Have Lost Their Lives!

Dear Parkland Students,

   Pictures Source I have heard your frustrations about the politicians not listening to you in regards to gun control.  I am not going to get into how I feel about gun control.  What I do want to talk about are my frustrations regarding mental health. Many of you have been having your voices heard … Continue reading Dear Parkland Students,

March Madness when it comes to Politics and Mental Health

For the most part, the colleges get along when playing basketball and most of them play with good sportsmanship. Very rarely do you see them attacking them about their beliefs, religion, and character. In fact, if they were to openly do that, they would not be able to play. However, our politicians/candidates are allowed to … Continue reading March Madness when it comes to Politics and Mental Health

How Obama Care has impacted me in regards to “formulary” medications

I am one of the lucky ones. I am on Medicare and pay for extra benefits (an enhanced plan).  Everything is usually covered and medications have never really been a hard thing to get. However, that was until 2017. Most medications I was able to get with no problems at low costs. A few of … Continue reading How Obama Care has impacted me in regards to “formulary” medications

Dear Future President,

For a year now, the presidential candidates have been dodging questions about the problem of mental illness in America. Some will bring it up when talking about gun control and others ridicule the mentally ill. Well, when is the question going to be asked, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM FACING AMERICA … Continue reading Dear Future President,

How it can take ONE MINUTE to Start to Change the Mental Health System

Just think of how loud our voices would be if we all spent ONE MINUTE of our day asking a candidate (or several) to talk about how to SOLVE the mental health crisis. Getting them to talk about it is an important step in making the lives of the mentally ill and their families better. It … Continue reading How it can take ONE MINUTE to Start to Change the Mental Health System

Sanders- Will he talk about the mental health crisis?

  Candidates: I have written emails, filled out forms, made phone calls, tweeted,sent FB messages and even drove two hours to attend a rally of one of yours to get my message across that the mental health crisis needs to be talked about.  It is not going away and Americans deserve the right to know what … Continue reading Sanders- Will he talk about the mental health crisis?

Will Trump Make America Great for Everyone?

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 … Continue reading Will Trump Make America Great for Everyone?

Does Kasich have a solution to the mental health crisis like he says he does

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 … Continue reading Does Kasich have a solution to the mental health crisis like he says he does

After Attending Cruz Rally as a Mental Health Advocate will I vote for him?

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 … Continue reading After Attending Cruz Rally as a Mental Health Advocate will I vote for him?

Trump vs Clinton: Who will have the vote of the mentally ill?

First of all, I am an independent voter and my state has not yet voted in the primaries. I have no idea who I will vote for, but as of right now, I don't plan to vote for any candidate in the primaries.    If Trump and Clinton are my choices in the general  election I … Continue reading Trump vs Clinton: Who will have the vote of the mentally ill?

Do the votes of Mental Health Advocates Matter?

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 … Continue reading Do the votes of Mental Health Advocates Matter?

Will Candidate Cruz earn the vote of Mental Health Advocates?

    I will be attending a Cruz rally today and hope to be able to talk to him or at least hand this to him or one of his staff members. It is time that the candidates start talking about mental health and I hope that he can make it happen. I am sick … Continue reading Will Candidate Cruz earn the vote of Mental Health Advocates?

Do you want my vote? Please talk about SOLUTIONS to the Mental Health Crisis!

I think it is important for a president to listen to what the people say. It is very frustrating that I can't find a voice. I have written numerous letters, emails, made phone calls and tried to communicate with the media and politicians for years. I did hear back from a few governors one year … Continue reading Do you want my vote? Please talk about SOLUTIONS to the Mental Health Crisis!

A Whole New Ball Game in March

Kasich, a presidential candidate still in the race, has been quoted as saying, "I'm going to win Ohio, and when I win Ohio it's a whole new ballgame."  Source Could he be right? As an independent voter who has not yet voted in the primary election,  I still have no clue who I would vote for, … Continue reading A Whole New Ball Game in March

March Madness: Basketball vs Candidates

March Madness usually refers to college football. I think this year it will refer to the madness   of how the candidates can't prove what they stand for and the campaigns all rely on mudslinging. March Madness usually refers to college football. I think this year it will refer more about the craziness of who … Continue reading March Madness: Basketball vs Candidates

What They are not Talking about at the Debates

                                                          Picture Credit: CNN.com I watched all the debates in the beginning, but have to admit that I am only listening to comments later now. As far as … Continue reading What They are not Talking about at the Debates

Candidates-Do you care about the mentally ill? PROVE IT!

Most of the candidates have been dodging questions about the problem of mental illness in America. Some will bring it up when talking about gun control by saying things like we need to fix the mental health system or we need to help guns out of the mentally ill. Well, when is the question going … Continue reading Candidates-Do you care about the mentally ill? PROVE IT!

Published Letter to the Editor: Major Overhaul Needed Re: Mental Health System

Letter to the Editor published on 3/12/2014 MICHELLE LANDE HUGHES, Winston-Salem A major overhaul The state’s mental-health system needs a major overhaul. Everyone knows it, but little is being done. Mental-health advocates know that one of the main obstacles to fixing the problem is to erase the stigma. More needs to be done to raise … Continue reading Published Letter to the Editor: Major Overhaul Needed Re: Mental Health System