Bad Kids Movie Premiere and Discussion after with MHAC/CAYEN

The Bad Kids

January 16 at 8:50am · 

Here are some photos from the terrific screening we had last week at Studio Movie Grill Rocklin. We were lucky to have representatives of Mental Health America of California there for a post-screening discussion. Thanks to all who came out for the screening!

The Bad Kids is now playing in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Columbus, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago today through Thursday. More info:

Contact Your Member of Congress and Tell Them You Want to Protect Mental Health

Special thanks to MHA National for sharing this information. Please share widely and click this link to take action and connect with your reps! This link provided by MHA National makes it easy!

Last night, the Senate took the first step towards repeal of health care reform. Health care reform, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and/or Obamacare, made several changes to federal laws which have especially benefited people with mental health and addiction needs.

These changes include:

  1. Made mental health and addiction treatment a benefit that all insurance plans must fully cover
  2. Required insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions
  3. Allowed young people to stay on their parents’ family insurance plan until 26 years old
  4. Increased access to individuals who previously were not able to access coverage, through the exchange, Medicaid
  5. Improved coordination of mental, behavioral, and physical medical care for people

The House is poised to take similar action on Friday.

Any changes to the Affordable Care Act must keep these priorities in place. Right now, more than ever, we need you to contact your Member of Congress and tell them you want to protect mental health. Make sure that your Representative knows that you don’t want to lose coverage for you or loved ones – you don’t want them to repeal without a replacement, and you want the replacement to maintain existing coverage.

Unfriend Your Stigma, Not Your Friend With Mental Illness

Thank you to those friends that stayed by me, even when I have been very difficult to be around. Thank you to those friends that knew when it was a good time to step back and let me have some space. Thank you to those friends that learned when I explained to them that certain things are not helpful. Thank you to those friends that took the time to read the brochure I gave them, then put it into action. Thank you to those friends that sought to understand and were open to the idea that a mental illness is just like a physical illness. Read more…