Tomorrow I make a bus trip up to the state capital to rally for mental health. I have never done this before. It should be interesting to talk to legislators. And what the people want. Better access to mental health services and to have transitional services available when a person gets released from the hospital. Also have insurance companies cover mental health just like any other illness.
Most people don’t get help because of the stigma of mental illnesses. Especially the major ones like bipolar and schizophrenia. And I have both. Lucky me. However, it is a life long passion to tear down stigma. I am talking to a college nursing class today about my personal story. It will be emotional but it helps out NAMI and to dispel the myth that you can’t live a normal life with schizoaffective disorder.
I am going to also tell my personal story to legislators and make them aware of healthy individuals on medication and actively using DBT skills daily. It can work we just need to start focusing on how to get young people help and quickly. Not months out to see a psych doctor to prescribe medications. Suicide is also an issue that I want to bring up and that we need to educate young people to ask for help from an adult.
Well, I will tell you all about my trip tomorrow.