We really would like to hear from you - your experiences with North Carolina's mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities system - good and bad - as well as your thoughts about how to improve things. The new DHHS Secretary Benton has made some very impressive first steps, but we all know the problems are so deep and pervasive that it will take years of committed leadership to bring real improvement to North Carolina's mental health system - hence our focus on the 2008 election and the next leaders of North Carolina.
I’m Dr. John Gilmore, a Professor of Psychiatry in the
I’m here to announce the creation of NCMental HealthVote.org, a project intended to raise awareness of the enormous problems facing the mental health system in
Through our website, bumperstickers, advertisements, and other activities, we hope to help educate the candidates and voters about the critical issues that need to be dealt with. NCMental HealthVote.org is non-partisan and is endorsing quality mental health care for the citizens of NC – not specific political candidates or parties.
The mental health care system in
The evidence of the system’s failure comes every day as
When psychiatrists stand up and speak out, you know things are really bad. As a group, we’d rather sit back, listen, observe, and quietly do our job. But things are really bad, and we are speaking out. We do believe that once the citizens of
NCMentalHealthVote.org was developed by the N.C. Psychiatric Association, and has been joined by other partners, including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in North Carolina, the Mental Health Association of North Carolina, the Foundation of Hope, and many other organizations and individuals. Today, NCMentalHealthVote.org is starting a constructive, non-partisan discussion that will stop the ongoing failures and create something all