Posted By Ben Miller,
Friday, September 11, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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As the health reform debate rages, so
many numbers, names, and "theories" are thrown around, we have to ask
ourselves the question: "where is mental health"? You see, being a
mental health professional committed to seeing the divide between mental
health and physical health erased, I want to know that the next version
of health "care" comprehensively addresses the needs of the whole
person. So, I always make sure to try and see where mental health sits
within any discussion on healthcare. To this end, I follow blogs, check
certain websites, read bills, etc. to get a better sense if the
artificial divide between systems will be erased.
My findings: mental health is not part of the larger health reform
discussion (that I can see) - if we are talking HEALTH REFORM, shouldn't
we include all aspects of health?
Now, here me on this one, I know the mental health community is actively engaged in advocacy around parity, but is this sufficient?
Watching the President's speech to Congress two nights ago, I kept
wanting to hear something about mental health - that is too much to hope
for. I follow Twitter to
see what other thought leaders (yes, they are on Twitter) have to say
on #healthreform (a Twitter technique), etc. I see brilliant articles,
discussions, ideas, but none include mental health. Being a Twitter
amateur, I try to push for integrating mental health into the discussion
as often as possible, but this is not going to get the message that now
is the time to end the separate histories of mental and physical health
and defragment healthcare. Still, I try and use any and all any means
necessary to bring attention to this issue. If you are feeling
adventurous, you can follow me on Twitter - miller7
Am I off base here?
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