As it stands now, this is how the current tax bills could hurt people with mental illness:Increasing the cost of health insurance The Senate bill eliminates the tax penalty for not having health insurance, which effectively ends the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. With fewer (mostly healthy) people insured, premiums will increase making insurance less affordable for people with mental health conditions.
Reducing incentives to develop affordable housing The Read More
We’ve sent 20,000 messages to Congress to urge them to reform mental health care.
We need to send 20,000 more.
Congress needs to see perfectly clearly how important mental health care is to our country. Congress doesn’t need glasses to see 20/20—it needs your advocacy.
Contact Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, two House Committee leaders who will help decide the future of health care reform, and urge them to move comprehensive mental health reform (HR 2646) forward.
With your help, the Read More
Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.
Why is it Read More
What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer.
That, in turn, could lead to better treatments, earlier diagnosis and more opportunities to head off the emergence of full-blown psychological illness in those at greatest risk.
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Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Read More. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness. I would work at menial jobs when my symptoms were quiet. Following my last psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 28, I was encouraged by a doctor to