Target: Tom Price, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: Increase the focus on providing care for mental illness sufferers.
Over eight million Americans suffer from mental illnesses, but they lack the care and resources they sorely need. Therapy and psychiatric help have always been far more expensive than most other types of medical care, and many mental health care practitioners do not accept insurance for varied reasons. Additionally, the pervasive stigma surrounding mental illness and those who seek therapy inhibit many people’s willingness to seek professional help, leading to substance abuse and worsening problems.
This is a serious problem in today’s society, where anxiety and depression run rampant due to today’s fast-paced world and its pressures. Adults and children alike suffer from conditions such as serious psychological distress (SPD) and bipolar depression, and due to the lack of resources combined with negative stereotypes, they are not getting the help and support they deserve.
We must demand that mental illness be taken seriously and that its sufferers are encouraged and allowed to seek affordable care. Though mental health care has progressed greatly since the days of insane asylums and lobotomies, the care available for mentally ill patients still leaves much to be desired. Sign this petition to demand that the Department of Health and Human Services place the necessary emphasis on care and support for sufferers of mental illnesses.
Dear Mr. Price,
Mental illness runs rampant in the United States, but the number of people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and various other conditions is inversely proportional to the amount of resources and affordable care they need to manage and treat their illnesses. In addition, many still fear seeking help in the first place due to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Science has made so many advances in understanding the human brain and psychology. Gone are the days where anyone who was even the slightest bit off-kilter would be locked in an asylum to undergo a lobotomy or electroshock therapy. We understand mental illness, but understanding is only half the battle. People need affordable care and support, and many mental health care practitioners do not accept insurance for various reasons.
You need to place more focus on the treatment of mental illnesses, which will help to take away the negative stereotypes surrounding it. Please expand the resources and care available to those in need of treatment, encourage them to seek help, and do what you can to make it more easily accessible and affordable. The mentally ill should not have to suffer in silence.
[Your Name Here]
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