Today our message is very clear; it is time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year.
I understand that the details around comprehensive meant at that tall health care are complex.
I'm not a policy expert, in any way, shape, or form.
I do know the basics of comprehensive care make good sense, common sense.
Comprehensive care means that as a nation, we step up our efforts to prevent suicide, which is currently the second leading cause of death for young adults in the United States.
Comprehensive care means that if a man with mental illness gets diabetes or cancer, his doctors work together to determine what is the best approach for his mind and victims.
Comprehensive care also means that when a woman leaves as a psychiatric hospital, there's a process in place to make sure she gets the care that she needs, so she didn't end up back in jail, hospitals, or on the streets, or worst of all, even dead.
At the heart of it, comprehensive care means that our mental health systems reach people early, and far more often, fewer people fall through the cracks and suffer alone.
I'm so proud to be here with you today; together, as mental health advocates, we can make our voices heard.
Our shared message is simple, like you said, keep it simple.
Support passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year.
So go out there and make today count.
Together we will make a difference as we act for mental health.
Don't forget to tweet and post throughout the day.
We all know that gets the word going.
I'm about to right now, you know, not sitting on an important panel.
I'm so proud of this community today, and I want the entire world to know that I'm proud of everyone in here, and I'm also proud of myself for getting the help that I need, and you can have that too.