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Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Vote YES on #2!!
For those of you planning to vote...and for those of you looking for a good reason to vote...we at RAHN strongly encourage you to Vote YES on Number 2 on election day!!
In other words, we urge you to vote yes to the amendment to the Kansas Constitution that removes the ability of the legislature to prevent people with mental illness from voting.
Now, some of you might think "But I don't want crazy people voting!"
Of course, whether you knew it or not, "crazy people" already vote. In every single election. (And I'm not just talking about people who disagree with you :-)
That's because people with mental illness are everyday people — they pay taxes, work jobs, and raise families.
These people can be your friends, your family, your coworkers and neighbors. Your pastor, your hairdresser, your mechanic, your boss. They could agree with your own choice of candidates...or not.
But, the truth is that 1 in 4 Americans has a mental illness at some point in their lifetime, so you know darned well that "crazy people" already vote.
And those "crazy people" that most people think of when they think of mental illness? They aren't gonna be voting anyway.
So ask yourself this. Do you really want the Kansas Legislature to be able to take away the vote from people who live with depression? After all, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill both struggled with major depression. As do people like Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Hugh Laurie, and millions of others.
Or how about severe anxiety? That would include people like Nicole Kidman and Howey Mandel and Nicholas Cage. Or maybe bipolar disorder? That would include Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ben Stiller, and Mel Gibson.
And do you REALLY want to be able to take the vote away from our heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan?? The almost 1 in 5 who currently suffer from PTSD?
Didn't think so.
So VOTE EARLY! VOTE OFTEN! And vote YES!! on Number 2.
The Recovery and Hope Network (RAHN) is a small yet wildly successful local nonprofit serving people with severe and persistent mental illness in Douglas County. Written by members and staff of RAHN (it’s pronounced “rain”), the purpose of this blog – Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – is to educate people about mental illness and the possibility of recovery, to reduce fear and stigma, and to reach out to those in need and their families and friends, neighbors and coworkers.
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