They are the National Association for the Mentally Ill. They are suppose to be fighting for us and who do they have as a key note speaker at their National Convention this year? Rep. Murphy. The very man who is trying to take away our rights. He thinks because he’s a doctor in the field that he knows all…well I’ve got news for him…He doesn’t! I will admit that his bill has some good points, some, but to take away our right to privacy is just WRONG on so many levels. If this bill passes (and luckily it doesn’t look like it will), so much is going to change and not for the better.
This is the main reason I’ve been trying so hard to get congressional leaders to talk to those of us with a mental illness and news flash: they are all serious mental illnesses! When they are sitting down with their staff writing these bills, they need to have our input. We know better than anyone whether it’s going to actually work in the real world of mental health. We are the ones that use this broken down system, so why not consult us? You put together their education in the field (if they have it) and our experience in the field and something wonderful can happen. We might actually be able to get and pass some meaningful legislation that will have a good effect on the mental health community.
We shouldn’t sit idly by while these legislators try to “do what’s best” for us. We need to take a stand and NOW! If he has NAMI in his pocket, who’s next?