STAND UP FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUMITY
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There is a narrative by President Trump and his White House administration which is targeting an assualt on the Mental Health community. When a tragedy arises the Mental Health community is the first demographic that comes under fire. We become the scape goats to distract from deeper rooted issues. Mental Health individuals are in desperate need of your support. In recent weeks and months, we have been seeing and hearing language and dialog that is quite concerning to the mental health community.
The current administration has been seen stating “the old days when the government operated mental institutions to house people for whom something was off, we're going to have to start talking about mental institutions ...we have nothing between a prison and leaving him at his house, which we can't do anymore." The istitutions he aims to reopen are the same shut down facilities that practiced archaic treatment and inhumane conditions for mental health individuals.
We hear the current administration talking about doing away with our constitutional rights such as our 2nd Amendment, right to bear arms, referring to violent perpetrators such as the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
According to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, “rates of violent crime victimization are 12 times higher among the population of persons with serious mental illness than among the overall U.S. population.” We saw this with the Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay mass shooting as the perpetrator was never diagnosed with a mental illness yet carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in our country’s history. Yet, there is a misperception being perpetuated by President Trump and the White House administration which is causing a regression in the movement for those who live with a mental health diagnosis and illness.
As a mental health community we teach ourselves to live life beyond the diagnosis emphasizing that we are not our diagnosis. We are not limited to or defined by our diagnosis. However, the lobbyists of special interests groups, like the NRA, want to intensely push the blame solely on the mental health community. President Trump’s budget, has slated to cut $3 billion in educational funding which ultimately includes school security of our children. He was given over $12 million dollars by the NRA and is just now addressing initiatives regarding gun control common sense legislation. Yet, still points the finger at the Mental Health community of over 48 million adults as being the individuals behind the crimes committed.
Again, according to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, “people with serious mental illness are rarely violent. Only 3 to 5 percent of all violence, including but not limited to firearm violence, is attributable to serious mental illness.” The large majority of gun violence toward others is not caused by mental illness. yet there is war cry against a community from the administration even after making it easier to purchase high powered assault rifles and has slated over $116 million in cuts to mental health programs and initiatives.
On February 28, 2018 the President stated, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” Now, the mental health community is hearing yet another constitutional right being threatened and that is our 5th and 14th Amendment rights to due process. If this was any other demographic of citizens, there would be a mutiny aimed at the administration, however the Mental Health community is expected to just allow these assaults on our constitutional rights to go on without a fight.
Terms used by the President and the administration such as “Crazies,” “Sickos,” and “Mentally Insane” are inappropriate, and narrow minded. It is language that is not only refuted by the Mental Health Community, but is a perpetuation of stigmatization, marginalization and discrimination. As a community we work tirelessly throughout the life span of the individual to raise awareness and end the stigma that is now very much back thanks in part to President Trump and his administration.
I am asking that you as well as your colleagues to stand with us in this new movement and fight that the Mental Health community is incurring. This type of treatment to a community of brave individuals needs to STOP IMMEDIATELY. Language and words are powerful. Perpetuating stigma around Mental Illness is inhumane. Having a mental health diagnosis is not a crime. If we do not put these discriminatory actions on other illness such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Hypertension, why do we feel it is okay to wage war on the Mental Health community? Where do you stand? Can we rely on you to stand with the mental health community and aid us in taking action to change the narrative that is being negatively cultivated by President Trump and this White House administration? Please sign and share this petition!
Again, with over 48 million diagnosed adults just in the US, this is not just a small community of citizens, we are voters with rights just as important as any other demographic of citizens in this country. We are not looking to change the narrative of the bright young minds across the country starnding up for student saftey or tighter gun control laws. We stand with them! The message surrounding proper mental health treatment and care should also be part of that message. Join us in signing this petition and stand with us in our fight and will you stand with us when we take action to end stigma and to keep in contact our constitutional rights as citizens of this great United States of America.
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The Mental Health Community
The Think Well Staff.
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