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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?

 

 

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

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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?

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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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?

 

 

 

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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

cruzI 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 everyone in even though they had gotten tickets on eventbrite.com

I was one of the lucky ones to get in.  I enjoyed the interview he had with Meghan Kelly and liked what he had to say. However, he still does not have my vote. I am still an undecided voter.

This might change, but as of right now, something needs to happen before I would vote for him.  That is for him to talk about the mental health crisis and how he will SOLVE it.

I have written several blogs that I have included at the bottom of this blog explaining  why I think that is so important to thousands of American who are mental health advocates that the candidates talk about this serious issue that affects all Americans.

When I go to vote at the primary on the 15th, if I have not heard any candidate explain what they would do to SOLVE the problem, I will consider that they discriminated against me and have added to the stigma that the mentally ill have to face every day.

Numerous emails, twitter tags, letters, FB messages and even phone calls have been made to the media and the candidates by not only me, but other advocates I know.  We are asking that they talk about the mental health crisis an we don’t even get a response.

I was interviewed by a news channel and a newspaper at the rally and learned this morning that neither story was used.

Until the candidates, politicians, and the media start talking about mental health we will keep seeing overcrowded jails and tragedies.  They all need to talk about what the mentally ill face.  Once they do, I have made up some suggestions of what they can do in my article: Candidates-Do you care about the 25% of Americans who have a mental Illness? PROVE IT!

  • not knowing what symptoms to look for because the public is not educated
  • embarrassment  to get help
  • not knowing where to get help
  • can’t get help when they nee it
  • being jailed instead of hospitalized
  • the revolving doors because they can’t get outpatient care
  • mistreatment by staff members in hospitals
  • being ignored when they try to reach out to supervisors or patient relations after mistreatment
  • being ignored after they plead the people who represent them in Congress to do something to help them and others- They get no response from emails, snail mail, phone calls, and social media
  • being ignored by the media when they offer to tell their story and they want nothing to do with it and very rarely even talk about the mentally ill at all, especially patients who are dying due to mistreatment at hospitals and jails
  • insurance companies  deciding that they can’t get meds that have worked for a long time
  • not being able to afford medications
  • Discrimination and Stigma- If you don’t think we are discriminated against, then read I have a Dream Re: Mental Illness

 

So, I could have been close enough to take a great picture of the next president. I  just hope that he gives me a reason for me to help him.  If he did not read my letter, then he does not deserve to be president because every vote should matter and this nation should be lead “for the by the people.” If he can’t get someone in his campaign to respond to my letter after multiple emails and a hand delivered letter, then I don’t think he qualifies for the job and it has nothing to do with the fact he was born in Canada.

If he did read my letter and chooses to do nothing, he is discriminating against the mentally ill and should not qualify for president any more than a candidate who discriminates for the color of their skin or faith.  I have a dream Re: Mental Health

After spending over 25 years advocating for the mentally ill.  I am so frustrated with Washington. The large majority of them do not try and solve the problem and barely even talk about the mental health crisis.

So, who has my vote so far in this election? Mickey Mouse  That is not because I am crazy as many people think the mentally ill are.  It is because I as of right now there is no candidate who is willing to talk about the issue of how to SOLVE the mental health crisis.

I don’t want to vote for Mickey so I sure do hope that the candidates start talking about this issue.  Out of the realistic candidates left, I would like to vote for Cruz. However,I can’t do it if he does not let me as a mental health advocate help the mentally ill and those who are affected by it.

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!

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

what they thinkFirst 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 don’t think I have enough information to vote for either one.  However, if they were to talk about a critical issue that faces America, the mental health crisis, that candidate would have my vote as long as they have a reasonable way to solve the problem.

Second, I don’t want this article to be all about politics. I want it to be about an issue that affects every American. If you are mentally ill or know someone who has a mental illness you are affected. If you were  at the scene of a tragedy where someone with a mental illness killed numerous people, you are affected. If you listen to the news, you are in fear of being somewhere where someone who is mentally ill attacks them.

Third, One in four Americans have a mental illness including very successful people who offer a lot to society.  Only 1% of the mentally ill commit violent crimes. Many times the mentally ill hide that they have a mental illness because of the stigma. They also fear being discriminated against.

Fourth, the media needs to educate people about the various illnesses and what signs to look for. They need to let people know that it is okay to get help and where to get it.  They need to stop contributing to the stigma by treating this subject like the plague.  After a tragedy, would be a great time to do this. However, instead, they talk about gun control and interview the people who knew the person who killed the people not taking advantage of this time to discuss all the things I just mentioned.

Fifth, to the candidates- You need to convince the people who have mental illnesses, mental health advocates, and the average American how you are going to SOLVE the mental health crisis. You need to stop dodging the very few questions that are asked of you and bring it up in your speeches.  We all want to know what your thoughts are on the subject.  This issue is just as important as national security,balancing the budget, the environment, gun control, education, etc.  However, it is not talked about enough for the voter to make up their minds who to vote for if the main issue they are concerned about is mental health/illness.

Sixth- If you are going to get the votes of the mental health advocates and come up with a good plan to solve it, read Candidates-Do you care about the mentally ill? PROVE IT! where I give you a lot of suggestions and people you should talk to about this issue that means so much to so many people.

Seventh and Final: This problem is not going away. Trump- You can’t build a wall around the mentally ill and you can’t send them to another country. We are here to stay and are going to vote. Hillary- I separate you from your husband, but I want you to thank him for sending me a  personal signed letter that he wrote after he was in office thanking me for his efforts. That meant so much to me!

If you are going to vote in an upcoming primary or in the general election, ask your candidates  “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN AMERICA?”  If you are in the media, I plead with you to get them to talk about it.

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!

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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