October 28, 2014
by Patrick Cook
As November 4th approaches and voters are deciding which candidates to support, mental health is on the minds of many Americans.
To connect with Congressional candidates who believe in Americans’ rights to control their own lives and in the basic values of health, safety, and human dignity, activists recently created a civil rights campaign called MARCH (Mental health Advocates for Rights, Civil liberties and Human dignity). Now, National Mental Health & Dignity Day (NMHDD) – a grassroots initiative founded by three individuals in Michigan and West Virginia and led by persons in recovery from mental health challenges – is supporting the initial phase of a new, short-term MARCH campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4,000 in order to reach out to Congressional candidates in up to 46 Congressional districts. (Contributions are tax-deductible.)
MARCH seeks to identify candidates who don’t fear controversy, such as Paul Clements, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 6th District. “I support comprehensive mental health reforms which put the quality of life of patients first,” said Clements. “We need to stand for the rights of Americans to assure we are spending government money in an effective and efficient way and support programs that already are doing well.”