I ask Charlie Sheen, and all those who may face these health challenges, to not be dismissive of their conditions and seek real help from real professionals. We live in a culture where each person's words and perceptions have great impact; and since every one in four Americans has a brain health condition, imagine what could happen if we started treating a quarter of our population with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.
On Tuesday, February 23, we were privileged to join the Kennedy Forum for its second annual Mental Health State of the Union, which brought together thought leaders, clinicians, health care providers, politicians, and activists, who have been instrumental in fighting for better mental health policies in the U.S.
But more importantly, Unity will provide what emergency rooms cannot: a collaborative, non-coercive, decriminalized model of care. Open 24/7, the center will offer crisis stabilization, medication, crisis counseling, family support, peer support, and a team of qualified social workers and transition-of-care staff to ensure that long-term solutions are made accessible.
This accelerating cycle of gun violence must end, and we must use every means at our disposal to do so. This means both improving mental health care and adjusting gun laws while still honoring the text of the Second Amendment to our Constitution. We must progress beyond this impasse. Innocent lives are at stake.