The Capitol Building
A place of power.
It’s right where I want to be making mental health policy.
Integrated Mental Health Crisis Training
Back in September I was introduced to Dylan Roberts, the state-representative for Eagle County. He and I sat down for coffee, and I asked him about making a bill about something regarding mental health. I had heard about the state of New York passing a bill that integrated mental health crisis training and general education into health classes K-12.
Quick thing: If you want to change policy – go out there and do it. And although you might get a few weird looks, snotty remarks and stubborn legislators who don’t like kids,
the likelihood of getting someone open and willing to change is much greater than any of that negative stuff. Just go out there and do it!
House Bill 1120
A few months later we recruited Dafna Janet Michalson (another representative), who jumped on this opportunity to affect positive change. She’s been fighting to lower the age of consent for mental health therapy for three years now. So we combined our ideas and conjured House Bill 1120, which
- lowers the age of consent of therapy from 15 to 12
- creates a statewide resource bank, and
- adds mental health crisis training to health classes in all schools.
Lowering state suicide rates
Proposing a bill, or at least being involved with one, has been my dream ever since I was little. More like for seven months but for drama’s sake let’s go with the younger one. Anyways, HB 1120, I think, could be the first step to lowering our states suicide rate.
I will be the first to say that this might not be the answer to this suicide epidemic destroying our county, state, and country, but it’s something. And right now we have absolutely nothing.
If this bill and what it entails can
save one life,
that’s truly all that matters.
For the sake of our future, let’s hope it passes.
Remember that you are loved, cared for and appreciated, and if you’d like to get involved, get more information, or need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s important to support yourself and make good decisions, but you can’t always go it alone. There are trusted adults and peers who are willing to help.