Pay Mental Health Professionals for crisis work.

Pay Mental Health Professionals for crisis work.

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LaKeisha O'Neal started this petition to Virginia Governor and

Mental health professionals are called on in every major crisis the country faces...as volunteers.   City, state and federal government plan for crisises but have never thought to budget to pay mental health professionals who are so widely sought after in times of crisis.

Please write mental health support for those in crisis into your budget so that mental health professionals are not asked to volunteer but instead are paid for their valuable service. 

Mental health professionals are highly trained professionals who help people overcome some of the darkest moments of their lives.  They help with personal crisis including those who experience severe trauma, grief and loss, in addition to routine life stressors.  They assist with mass shootings, natural disasters and assist those who are suicidal and homicidal however, they are asked to volunteer instead of financially compensated. 

Mental health professionals are small business owners who have rent and mortgages on their businesses as well as other operating expenses. They have student loans. Those on the frontline come seek assistance to help them navigate life after traumatic events. When they go from surviving to thriving they credit their therapist.  The government is asked to plan to compensate mental health professionals for their work now and in the future.

Mental health professionals nationwide thank you in advance for your consideration and for understanding the complexity and value of the work provided to citizens across the country during times of personal crisis, local crisis and/or national crisis.

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