Mental health is critical to human well-being, but for far too long most Americans with mental and/or substance use disorders have not been able to get the help they need. Improving the mental health and substance abuse systems (the "behavioral health" system) is a vital need in today's society and should be a priority item on the next President's agenda for immediate action.
Maybe even one person will read what I have to say and feel a tiny bit better. Maybe she'll start to understand that she's not on this journey by herself. That help is out there if she can bring herself to ask for it. That she might be battling depression, but she's winning the battle simply by waking up each morning and continuing to live her life.
A recently released Canadian documentary on abortion purports "to find the truth for the sake of women's health." Regrettably, the slickly produced film quickly degenerates into hubris and hypocrisy. Having donated my time and expertise to appear in the film, I found the outcome disappointing -- if not unexpected.
The continuous torrent of bigotry, rage, personal attacks, and delusional thinking spewed by DT over the last two years has provided far more clinical data than any possible battery of tests. Our proximity to around-the-clock news--in which DT dominates the headlines he craves--has given us a massive reservoir of exposure to the man's inner psychological workings.