“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” – Hippocrates
There is no more persecuted group in America than those living with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. This subset of our population is ostracized and even punished by the judicial system for developing brain diseases. All too often those living with these chronic illnesses find themselves in jail, living on the streets or going in and out of day treatment centers which is only a temporary fix to their permanent problem.
Advocate. Educate. Unite
OUR MISSION AT SMIRIGHTS.ORG
“To help protect the human rights of those that are incarcerated and are living with serious mental illnesses. To stand with those that are too weak to stand for themselves. To educate people about these brain diseases. ”
We give support and help to those that need it most by caring for the rights and dignity of those with serious mental illnesses and their families…especially those most vulnerable…the incarcerated with serious mental illness. We will write letters to judges, or other officials, on behalf of your loved one. We spend our time finding those people who have been persecuted against and sharing their stories in as many places as possible to make sure society knows that there are millions of people suffering inside cell walls, in dark alleys, and are not getting the care they seriously need to live with their chronic brain diseases.
Our mission is to stand with those that are often to weak to stand for themselves.
We maintain the view point that schizophrenia, bipolar disorder are brain diseases, and as such they will affect every aspect of the person’s life. They are diseases that can cause the individual to act outside their own predetermined morals and beliefs and as such, they should not be punishable by law. These diseases are no different than Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, Dementia or Brain Cancers that cause ones behavior to be modified by their presence in ones brain tissue and the destruction that presence brings about. By criminalizing schizophrenia, bipolar or schizoaffective disorders, you are punishing someone solely for developing a brain disease. Their behavior is not controllable when the disease presents itself in psychosis. Although there are mysteries still surrounding the origin of these diseases scientists are learning that these are not “trauma based” in origin but are actually genetically transferable biological brain diseases.
Our mission is to educate people about these brain diseases.
We also feel strongly that by coming together & bridging the bias between all of our differences we can accomplish more as a united team, focusing on what makes us all the same. Our passion to make the world a kinder, safer place for those living with these brain diseases. These brain diseases do not discriminate against their recipients race, sex, income bracket, or political platform – they affect those from every race, socioeconomic group and political party. By focusing on our solidarity towards changing the stigma that is associated with these brain diseases we can do far more to rally against the powers that be and ultimately make the changes we need made. By focusing our energy on working together we can move forward much faster and therefore we have a firm stance on unity. Solidarity brings with it strength. There are many organizations that are at the forefront of making these changes already. Uniting with them – moves us all forward.
Our mission is to unite those within our mental illness advocacy community.
I ask that you join us. On the 1st & the 15th of each month we send out a SMI Rights Newsletter that contains the information individuals who are currently standing trial or are incarcerated that need our help. You will be given contact information to write on their behalf to judges or other officials or you may begin to support them while incarcerated through encouraging correspondence and postcards of support. We are one of their lifelines to the outside world.
National Shattering Silence Coalition
Treatmant Advocacy Center
NAMI.ORG : National Alliance On Mental Illness
Mental Illness Policy Org : Unbiased Information for Policy Makers + Media
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