Mental health disorders are conditions that affect how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Our group refers to these conditions as brain diseases. They can impact a person’s life in significant ways, including how they cope with life events, earn a living, and relate to other people.

A burning question for patients and families is “Why did this happen?” This is a very common question for those suffering from a psychotic episode, a suicide attempt, or a diagnosis of a mental disorder. It’s an extremely prevalent question for those who have lost someone dear to suicide.

Research conducted and funded by the National institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has found that many mental disorders (brain diseases) are caused by a combination of biological, environmental, psychological, and ‘genetic’ factors. In fact, a growing body of research has found that specific genes and gene variations are associated with mental disorders. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/looking-at-my-genes#part_6281

With this information, it seems obvious that we need far more genetic research into the causes of mental health conditions so we may help the many people who are suffering from these debilitating, and many times, fatal diseases. Where is the outcry for those who have died due to suicide and those who are at risk for suicide?

Please help us to push for a change – not only to remove stigma, but to put our money where our mouth is. That is to carry out research for the causes of these crippling diseases. Do your part. Contact your local legislators. And please visit us at Walt’s Waltz. https://www.waltswaltz.com

We all need your voices for change!