Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: Decrease the stigma around mental illness and increase access to mental health services!
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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: Decrease the stigma around mental illness and increase access to mental health services!

    1. Tracy Chin
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      Tracy Chin

      El Segundo, CA

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.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and increase access to mental health services.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brittany Foster MANCHESTER, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      Strong-willed employee of the mental health field; currently attending graduate school for my LCMHC; 3-years recovering bulimic.


    • Pamela Boilek CROWN POINT, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      Parents and families of people with mental illnesses need assistance, as much as the individual with a tortured mind needs assistance him/herself. Our country does not provide the adequate diagnoses, treatment, care, medication, and support for those with mental illnesses, nor enough support for the people who live, work, and interact with them. This MUST change if we are to prevent horrific events, such as the Sandy Hook massacre and others. Since these have been "shooting sprees," it simply seems logical that taxes on guns/ammo would be a decent, responsible way to achieve this funding. Please address this issue and provide sufficient mental health treatment and resources for those who so desperately need it.

    • Aaron Cutting CHATSWORTH, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Mental illness is the single most crucial point that has to be focused on in the wake of this most recent event and the events like this over the last several years. The only way to bring about change is to be honest with ourselves as a society and realize that the sick are going undiagnosed, untreated and ignored because parents and the people closest to them are themselves living in denial and ignoring the warning signs. I do not feel it is possible to eliminate all acts of aggression and violence, but creating awareness of what the signs are in our society and what should be done when the signs are there is a paramount cultural change that has to happen to being to address this problem.

      The other element, if it's to have any measure of success, has to be increased funding and awareness to make the availability of mental health care as common and practical as the availability of physical health care.

    • robert dorr SWANSBORO, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Thank you Tracy for making this petition, although I'm certain it will fall on deaf ears. I have a host of mental and emotional problems, I know the plight all too well of being labeled need to list them. I gave up on trying convince people I am not a threat, monster, time bomb, or weak minded person a long time ago. Good luck all the same.

    • Brandon Holiwell LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Over the past years it has become evident that there is a greater need for psychological services in the community. Mental illness affects everyone of all races, socioeconomic status and gender


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