Letter to Pres. Obama

Written by admin on May 16, 2009

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  NW
Washington, DC  20500

March 6, 2009

Dear President Barack Obama,

Hello, My name is Sherrie and I am writing from Sacramento CA. I heard all through the campaign about improving our nations Health Care but nothing about Mental Health.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 with psychosis when I was 19. I have been in and out of mental hospitals for the past twenty years (I have no substance abuse issues).  Even though I was in and out of the hospital I managed to obtain a college degree in Psychology which took me about ten years and I was the first in my family.

I also started my own organization called  S omeone H ears E verybody’s R ights  (S.H.E.R.). I write letters on behalf of those who suffer from mental health issues to advocates or government officials to voice our concerns.

I was wondering if you were aware that psychiatric hospitals force people who are schizophrenic to take their medication. They actually hold them down and stick a needle in their arm. What if that person was misdiagnosed? Many antipsychotic medications have terrible side effects. The one I take, Zyprexa, has caused me to gain a lot of weight. Others cause involuntary facial movements which can make you look scary. It is very sad.

What is your plan of action for those who need Mental Health Care?

Please don’t forget about us….

Sincerely,

Sherrie Ranee Tyler

POBox 417041, Sacramento, CA 95841

 

 

April 4, 2009

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

 

Dear First Lady Michelle Obama:

 

Hi my name is Sherrie and I am from Sacramento California. I am writing to you regarding our nations Mental Health Care or lack there of. In recent months I have heard you say that you would like to see programs implemented for our Vets who come home and may experience such mental health issues as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I think this is extremely important as well. However, we need to fix the mental health system because it is lacking and several people are falling through the gaping holes. Like me.

 

I was diagnosed with the severe form of Bipolar 1 when I was 19 and have endured many hardships because of this.  Currently, California is cutting mental health programs such as closing several clinics in Sacramento which are necessary to several thousand people who are afflicted with debilitating mental illnesses. One of these clinics is mine. If this happens I will no longer have a psychiatrist to prescribe me my medication. I do not know what to do.

 

Even though I have a mental illness, I was the first in my family to graduate from a University with a college degree. It took me ten years and I was in and out of more than twenty psychiatric hospitals. But, I never gave up. Just like your dad who had multiple sclerosis I am a hard worker and I don’t let my illness  define me.

 

During your reign as First Lady please take into consideration the desperate need for compassion and care for the mentally ill. We are important people with value and deserve respect.

 

 

Thank You,

 

 

 

 

Sherrie Ranee Tyler

PO Box 417041

Sacramento, CA 95841

 

www.s-h-e-r.com 




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