Guest Post: 10 Things I’ve Learned Since I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder by Jake

deljaThe things I’ve learned since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder:

1) Naps are critical. Whether it’s because of a mood swing, medications or being tired,  I often try to sleep through the worst parts.
2) I’m still trying to grasp the concept that people take drugs to get high. My medications make me feel normal.
3) My mental health is more important than any situation. If something doesn’t feel right. I leave.
4) Keeping a regular sleep pattern is a necessity. The more mature my condition gets, the more being tired affects everything I do.
5) Bipolar isn’t just a mental illness. It has some very real physical symptoms as well. Stomach pains and headaches are very common for me. And are mostly stress induced.
6) You tend to live in the moment. Which makes it hard to plan for things. Because you’re busy caring for yourself in the moment.
7) Your extremely in tune with your emotions. After 8 years of psychotherapy, I’m a practical dictionary of coping skills.
8) You need to take care of yourself in the moment and find little things that are natural antidepressants. For me it’s almond M&Ms, Mountain Dew and pineapple orange juice. Little things like that help get me over humps.
9) Whenever you bring a new friend into your life, you realize that one day you’re going to have to have “the talk.”
10) I’m the one who has the illness. People’s judgments of me are largely irrelevant. They don’t know and have no idea what it’s like to wake up in my world.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Movies & TV Shows with Bipolar Disorder Characters

moviesThese movies and television shows are not in any particular order.  Some are fictional and other movies are more factual including some biographies. 

Some of them do a better job of depicting someone who struggles with bipolar disorder. 

  • Touched with Fire:  Two poets who have bipolar disorder meet in a psychiatric hospital and fall in love. Ref
  • Infinitely Bipolar Bear: Cameron takes care of his two  daughters while his wife attends graduate school out of town.
  • Silver Linings Playbook: Pat has bipolar disorder and has moved in with his parents after he is discharged from a psychiatric hospital.
  • Mr. Jones: Mr. Jones has bipolar disorder. During one of his manic episodes he jumps up on stage during a concert and ends up being arrested.  He also struggles with suicidal depression. Ref
  • The Hours: Virginia, who has experienced several nervous breakdowns and suffers from bipolar disorder, feels trapped in her home, intimidated by servants and constantly under the eye of her husband who has begun a publishing business, Hogarth Press, at home to stay close to her. Ref
  • Shameless: Ian, like his mom Monica, has been diagnosed with BIPOLAR DISORDER and  he currently refuses to visit the doctor and does not believe he needs to take medication. For these reasons his behavior has been erratic and out of control, worrying his family. Ref Ref
  • Michael Clayton Arthur is the lead attorney in a class-action case.  His struggle with bipolar disorder makes things harder for his colleague, Michael, as they deal with the case. Ref
  • Call Me Anna Patty Duke plays herself in this movie.  Growing up she struggled with bipolar disorder, but was not diagnosed until 1982.  Patty Duke’s Biography
  • My Friend Paul: Paul is diagnosed in prison with bipolar disorder.  After he is released, he moves in his friend and filmmaker Jonathan. However, Paul’s manic rantings threaten the filmmaker’s own equilibrium and  he begs Paul to return to the psychiatric hospital. Ref
  • The Informant! Struggling with bipolar disorder, Mark confesses to the FBI that he and his company are doing illegal business. The stresses of having to wear a wire and organizing surveillance cause his meltdown.
  • The Flying Scotsman: This story is based on Graeme Obree, an amateur cyclist, who struggles with crippling bipolar disorder.
  • In the Best Interest of the Children A woman struggling with bipolar disorder while raising her five children eventually leads to the children being taken away from her.
  • Shine Biography about pianist David Helfgott who had bipolar disorder and spent years in mental institutions.  Ref 
  • Surviving Family As Terry struggles to rebuild her relationship with her older sister, she learns that her niece has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her aunt helps her  begin to come to terms with the truth behind her mother’s life and death, and her father’s alcoholism. Ref
  • Sweethearts Arliss meets Jasmine on a blind date at a coffee house, but it turns out Jasmine has bipolar disorder and is  carrying a gun contemplating suicide.
  • Black Box (tv series)Catherine Black  is a famous neurologist who secretly has bipolar disorder  and the only person who knows is her psychiatrist who has been a maternal figure for Catherine  since her mother, who also suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide. Ref
  • Homeland  (tv series) Carrie is a CIA officer who, like her father, struggles with  bipolar disorder. Her dad also has bipolar disorder.  Although her family knows, she is able to keep her illness a secret from others for a long time during the season.
  • Empire (tv series) Andre, the oldest of the the Lyon family has bipolar disorder. He’s power hungry and hopes to run the empire some day. Leah, Dwight’s deceased mother, also had bipolar disorder Ref
  • The Big C (tv series)  Sean, Cathy’s brother, suffers from bipolar disorder starts and taking medications because he wants to be more stable for his unborn child.  He was homeless and refused treatment up until then. Ref
  • ER (tv series) Abby has a mother with bipolar disorder who comes and lives with her.
  • Law and Order SVU  (tv series) Elliot’s mother has bipolar disorder and he finds out his daughter has it too when she has a manic phase and ends up prison.
  • Six Feet Under (tv series)  Billy, Brenda’s brother, has bipolar disorder
  • Shutter Island Marshalls, while investigating  a psychiatric hospital come  across Daniels who might have killed his bipolar disorder wife after she supposedly killed their three children. Ref
  • Next To Normal a mother struggles with  bipolar disorder and attempts to not let it affect her family Ref
  • Manic  Chad has bipolar disorder and forms a friendship with Lyle while in a psychiatric facility. The two make plans to go to Amsterdam with the money from Chad’s trust fund.

Below are other movies that are believed to be about bipolar disorder. However, the viewer has to come to that conclusion on their own based on the plot of the movie and its characters.

A Fine Madness

Blue Sky

Cobb

Splendor in the Grass 

Rocks in My Pockets 

Prozac Nation

Tamil Films: Aarohanam and 3

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The History of Bipolar Disorder Infographic

History of Bipolar Disorder

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bipolar Disorder Statistics Infographic

Bipolar Disorder Stats Infographic

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

I Care for Someone Who Has a Mental Illness and Want to do More to Help Them

care for mentally illMany people who have a mental illness or have a family member or loved one with a mental illness know that the mental system needs a lot of work.

In order for the mental health system to change, we need to start at the top. In order to fight for your loved one, changes are going to be needed.  In order for changes to be made, there is not much we, as the mentally ill and their families, can do but to go to our legislators and ask for them to listen to our concerns, give us a chance to ask questions, and be patient while we offer solutions.

Many people like to complain about how their loved one is being mistreated or how awful it is that they can’t get help.  They often feel hopeless because it just seems like nothing is ever going to change.

Change won’t happen until we, the people who care about the mentally ill, start taking action.

I am not a political person.  I just want things to change. Sitting around complaining about the system and listening to others complain about the system is not going to change anything.  Being supportive of someone with a mental illness is important, but think how yours and their lives would be different if more research was done and their mental illness had a cure and/or there was more of a support system for them.

The only way I can think of to change things is to contact our legislators and politicians. I don’t think that is political. I think that is advocacy and caring about the mentally ill, many who can’t help themselves. Advocacy is just publicly supporting something.

Yes, contacting the President, the current candidates, senators and congressmen is contacting political figures. However, I don’t think that makes me a politician. That makes me someone who cares.

Please help me in making a difference in the lives of the mentally ill.  

It will take ONE MINUTE.  Copy/Paste or type out the words “PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS” Then, write on a candidate’s wall, your own wall, or simply tweet it.  You could also spend the minute to ask others to do the same.  

If we can get the candidates to talk about the mental health crisis and what they would do to solve it, that would be a great step in changing the system.  It does not make me a politician to want to make the lives better for the mentally ill. It makes me a compassionate, caring person who wants things better for the people who are struggling with a mental illness and can’t get help, are being stigmatized, and are mistreated and discriminated against.

I consider myself an advocate.  An advocate is someone who publicly recommends or supports. It is not someone who wants to be a politician. I don’t even want to talk to politicians. I just know that without doing so, nothing will change and the mentally ill will keep having to struggle.

 

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

 

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?

 

 

Posted in advocate, mental health advoctes, mental illness, politics, presidential election | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

mental health advocate

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 literally takes seconds to type or copy/paste these words:  TALK ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.  In the rest of the seconds of ONE MINUTE you could get that message out in several ways: Put it  on your own page, put on a candidate’s page, tweet it, tweet it to a particular candidate and ask others to share/RT it, or write it as part of your  blog.

Do you know why the candidates are not listening to our complaints about the mental health crisis? They are not taking it seriously because the advocates won’t come together and take ONE MINUTE to send one message.  We want them to talk about the mental health crisis, but we are not joining hands as advocates to send the message that we want them to talk about it.

By not joining together, we are doing exactly what they are counting on: NOTHING because they think we are too CRAZY  to figure out a way to join together to send a message.  Well, they are right- So far, we haven’t joined hands and fought  with one voice.

I know that advocates want something done and they all work hard every day to do so.  Now, during the election, is a great time to get our voices heard.  Please take that ONE MINUTE now and type  or copy and paste this message and ask that others do too.

TALK ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Please don’t just read this and think that it’s a good idea. Please act on it. Spend ONE MINUTE right now to help send a message:  We need them to take the mentally ill and the crisis seriously. Don’t let them win because mental health advocates can’t join forces.

 

As a strong advocate, I am MAD!  I am no longer mad at the candidates who won’t talk about the mental health crisis. I am REALLY MAD at the mental health advocates for not joining together to send a message to Washington.

For over two years now, I have pleaded with the mental health communities that deal with mental illnesses to unite. It is the only way we, as mental health advocates, are going to get our voices heard.

Instead, all the advocacy groups go about their own way trying to raise awareness about their particular cause and members of the health communities complain about the mental health system.

Also, the mentally ill and those who love them, want things to change. They want better medical care, they want less wait time in Emergency Rooms, they want insurance companies to cover more services, and they want to be treated better in mental health facilities.  However, they will say they don’t want to get political.  How in the world are those things going to change unless they get political?

 

 

 

 

Posted in media, mental health advoctes, mental illness, politics, presidential election, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

How it can take ONE MINUTE to Get the Candidates to talk about Mental Health

As a strong advocate, I am MAD!  I am no longer mad at the candidates who won’t talk about the mental health crisis. I am REALLY MAD at the mental health advocates for not joining together to send a message to Washington.

For over two years now, I have pleaded with the mental health communities that deal with mental illnesses to unite. It is the only way we, as mental health advocates, are going to get our voices heard.

Instead, all the advocacy groups go about their own way trying to raise awareness about their particular cause and members of the health communities complain about 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.

It literally takes seconds to type or copy/paste these words:  TALK ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.  In the rest of the seconds of ONE MINUTE you could get that message out in several ways: Put it  on your own page, put on a candidate’s page, tweet it, tweet it to a particular candidate and ask others to share/RT.

Do you know why the candidates are not listening to our complaints about the mental health crisis? They are not taking it seriously because the advocates won’t come together and take ONE MINUTE to send one message.  We want them to talk about the mental health crisis, but we are not joining hands as advocates to send the message that we want them to talk about it.

By not joining together, we are doing exactly what they are counting on: NOTHING because they think we are too CRAZY  to figure out a way to join together to send a message.  Well, they are right- So far, we haven’t joined hands and fought  with one voice.

I know that advocates want something done and they all work hard every day to do so.  Now, during the election, is a great time to get our voices heard.  Please take that ONE MINUTE now and type  or copy and paste this message and ask that others do too.

TALK ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sanders- Will he talk about the mental health crisis?

 

sanders 3Candidates: 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 you plan to do to solve it.

Media- You are just as bad.  I have tried to correspond with you all of these ways too. I even was interviewed by a news channel and a newspaper out of Washington when I attended the rally. They were interested that I was an undecided voter that drove two hours.  The news channel interviewed me for about five minutes on camera.  It was not used on air. I suspect why even though they gave me a different story.

I am determined to fight to the bitter end. I, along with other mental health advocates around the United States want answers. We have so many questions accumulated, but we can’t get answers because you won’t even give us a chance to ask them.

I can’t think of any other important issue that has not been covered in the debates, by the media, or the candidates.  The mental health crisis affects everyone and is just important as education, balancing the budget, national security, gun control, etc.

Are we going to get answers from any of them?  I am sick of feeling like I have no voice and made to feel like I am less than a human being. I am being discriminated against because I have a mental illness because the stigma is preventing them from even talking about the subject.

Do you care about the mentally ill and the mental health crisis or not?

I have been saying in all of my blogs that I have made numerous attempts to contact the candidates.  I have decided to give them each a chance.  I called and wrote more to Trump, went to see Cruz, have called and written and shared with you my thoughts on Kasich.

I have contacted all the candidates- democratic and republican

Here is just an example of what I wrote to Bernie Sanders.  I just want to prove that I am trying and I won’t give up.  I will be voting on the 15th. The question is: Will I know who to vote for by then?  Who is going to talk about how they are going to solve the mental health crisis?  Could it actually be Sanders who I would consider to be president because he is the one who starts to talk about the taboo subject: mental illness

to sanders

sanders

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

Did you miss the debate? Mental Illness Was Not Discussed

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?

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in advocate, media, mental health advocates, mental illness, politics, presidential election, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Will Trump Make America Great for Everyone?

americagreatUntil 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.) 

To whom it may concern (hopefully Trump will see this):

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.

However, I have to admit that as of right now, I am an undecided (independent) voter and in order for me to help in every way I can think of, I would like for him to come to Winston and talk about an issue that affects every American yet has been a taboo subject so far in the debates.
If he can get the topic discussed and comes up with a good solution, he will have my vote and I am sure the support of many other advocates.  We make up more than 25% of vote.  In my blog article (link below), I also give some suggestions of what he can do to solve it.
Before reading the rest of this, I want you to know that I have graduated from college, was a manager of a movie theater and a teacher for 9 years-even Teacher of the Year one year. However, I have bipolar disorder.
WAIT, PLEASE , if you think I am crazy because I have a mental illness and am a mental health advocate, please don’t.  If you think my vote does not matter, then don’t. I, along with other mental health advocates will be voting in NC. PLEASE before dismiss what I am saying, talk to a mentally ill person or their family member.  Think about the tragedies that are caused by the mentally ill.  Please get Trump to  talk about this important and critical issue.
Articles that explain why it is important that he addresses this issue:
Michelle Clark
(phone number taken out)
Founder and Operator of:
Largest Advocacy Group on FB: Mental Health Advocacy Group 
Blog for Bipolar Bandit (thousands of views every day)
I also help out with other FB groups and know a lot of well known advocates. In addition, I organized an event that focused on mental health in Winston Salem and that is the main reason I have the connections. However, I have also served on boards that deal with the mentally ill.
Message sent via form on his website: 

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!

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

Did you miss the debate? Mental Illness Was Not Discussed

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?

 

 

 

Posted in media, mental health advoctes, mental illness, politics, presidential election | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

kasich bbSince 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.

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

Did you miss the debate? Mental Illness Was Not Discussed

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?

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in media, mental health advoctes, mental illness, politics, presidential election | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments