In light of the Connecticut tragedy (among many others), I want to address the social stigma around mental illness and the lack of mental health services that exist. I'll be the first to say that I deal with depression, but I've always felt like I couldn't tell others for fear of what they'd think of me. We first need to acknowledge the lack of dialogue that exists amongst all of us if we as a society want to create change around this issue. Only then will we be able to talk more openly about issues like access to mental health services, gun control, etc. My goal with this petition is to show just how many people either deal with mental illness themselves and/or know someone who does...and most importantly, let everyone know that it's okay to talk about it. By doing so, our signatures are telling Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that we have all been affected by mental illness on a personal level, and we believe that access to mental health services should be increased.
Please sign and share this petition if you support this cause. Feel free to comment and let others know if you and/or loved ones have dealt with mental illness.