Fix Mental Health Care
Millions of Americans are suffering from mental illness and millions are going without treatment. Too many are in our jails, homeless, needlessly suffering because they cannot get the treatment they desperately need. Our laws are preventing these people from getting the help they need. It is time we have treatment before tragedy.
We have seen huge improvements in medicine treating heart disease, HIV, cancer and many more. Yet suicide and drug overdose deaths continue to soar.
Our mental health care system is broken. In the most advanced society in the history of mankind, we allow a mental health care system burdened by outdated regulations, understaffed, and fraught with cracks through which entire lives and futures are falling. It’s about saving families — saving lives. We need your voice. Speak out. Sign the pledge to reform our nation’s broken mental healthcare system. Share us on Facebook. Tell your friends. It’s in our power to repair a broken system and it starts with your voice. Because where there is help, there is hope.
“Mental illness affects all Americans regardless of gender, race, income, and age. As part of our national Women2Women tour, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with countless women about how our country’s current mental health system is failing so many individuals. ‘The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act’, which I am proud to support, aims to fix our broken system with common sense reforms.”
– Sarah Chamberlain
President, Main Street Advocacy
U.S. Representative Tim Murphy
18th Congressional District – PA
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., is the primary author and sponsor of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act – the most sweeping reform bill in the history of the American mental health system.
As the lone psychologist serving in Congress, Murphy has seen firsthand the effects of untreated mental illness on families around the nation. In a series of Capitol Hill hearings, he heard testimony from mothers, fathers, and mental illness sufferers about the bureaucratic tangle and maze of often contradictory rules that keep people away from the treatment they need.
“This is a problem we can fix, and we have a moral obligation to do so,” Murphy says. “If society is to mean anything, it must be that we do not abandon our ill, whatever their illnesses.”
Murphy has campaigned unceasingly for the bill’s passage. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived most of his adult life in the Pittsburgh region. A husband, father, and grandfather, he is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps and provides counseling to combat veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.