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Advocacy for Helping those with Serious Mental Illness

It makes my heart break to read all these posts. If you are not already aware, one positive note is that there ARE advocacy groups that are trying to get laws changed and educate others about the significant needs we have in the world of serious mental illness. You can follow the Treatment Advocacy Center, Mental Illness Policy Org. (DJ Jaffe), NAMI, SAMSHA (under the new director Dr. McCance-Katz), and the journalist Pete Earley who reports on these things. These organizations don’t always agree 100%, but it seems like progress is being made. The more of us that become educated to support what these organizations are doing, to write letters to our Congress persons, and become advocates ourselves, the better chances are to help our loved ones (and ourselves).