In this chaotic world of a pandemic, a divided nation, stressors such as the economy and climate change seem to rule the headlines. What maybe isn’t so apparent is the crisis of our mental health. Mental health disorders are often hidden, silent killers and quiet dream snatchers. We don’t get the treatment we need, the insurance coverage or the empathy of our community.
I hope that the crisis of our mental health gets the attention it deserves, not just today but, in the near future, everyday. “It’s Ok to not be OK” (thank you, Demi Lovato)
How can we start.. implore our governments to support treatment and insurance coverage, and in the workplace. We are losing far to many young people to suicide and substance use. We need treatment available 24/7. We need parity with insurance. Finally, most of all we need support from our community, our workplace and our friends and family.
Advocacy can make a difference. Small voices together can create the change we need now.
For substance use, follow Recovery Advocacy Project, “Vote Recovery”. https://www.recoveryvoices.com/
Follow your local NAMI chapter and finally, write your representatives.
Kim Blake (Sean’s Mom)