RIGHTS: Mental Health in America [Georgia]


By Staff Reporters




Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp, joined by First Lady Marty Kemp and their three daughters, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, members of the House and Senate, and mental health advocates, to sign the Mental Health Parity Act (HB1013) into law.

You may view his remarks from the bill signing ceremony below, and you can watch the full ceremony here.


Mental Health Rights

People living with mental health conditions are people. They have people they love, activities they enjoy, and dreams for their lives. As people, they deserve to be treated with dignity, and under the law they have rights and protections. 

GA MENTAL HEALTH PARITY LAW: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2022-04-04/gov-kemp-provides-remarks-and-signs-mental-health-parity-act

Unfortunately, it has long been the case that individuals with mental health conditions are among the most abused and discriminated against in our country. From leaving people to languish in overcrowded state hospitals to lobotomies and forced sterilization, the treatment of those with mental health conditions is a dark stain on our history as a nation.

While we have come a long way, abuse and discrimination continue to be serious problems today. The shackling or restraining of children, keeping people out of work, and denying access to services are just a few examples of the way we continue to fail the 1 in 5 Americans that has a diagnosable mental health disorder.

CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/082610254

This is not just a small issue for a small group of people: half of all Americans will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime. If it is not us being directly impacted, it is likely that it will be our family members, friends, or loved ones– whether we know it or not. Beyond struggles in education or employment, we see the loss of human dignity and even human life for the people we love and care about when we do not work to address abuses in the system.

For Mental Health America, the fight against abuse and discrimination is essential to our history and continues to guide our work. MHA’s symbol, which sits in our national office, is the Bell of Hope cast from the chains and shackles that were used to restrain individuals in old state hospitals. As an organization, MHA is committed to the principles of human and civil rights inherent to the concept of equal justice under the law.

PROVIDERS: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2022/10/05/a-review-of-mental-healthcare-provider-types/



Thank You


ORDER: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Insurance-Managed-Care/dp/0826149944/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275315485&sr=1-4


One Response

  1. Fact checked by Nick Blackmer

    A recent Gallup poll reported that 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with depression at least once in their lifetime.
    Young people and women are seeing higher depression diagnoses than other demographics.
    Experts cite the issue with the accessibility of mental health resources, noting that big changes within accessibility need to change in order for depression rates to decline.



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