BPD Legislative Action Alert – The 2016 Presidential Election may be over, but it's not too late to advocate for BPD! Mental health reform legislation may be considered for vote by the Senate before President Obama leaves office. Please consider calling your Senator TODAY to advocate for the Senate to vote on Mental Health Reform bill, S 2680. Major provisions of the bill will help those impacted by borderline personality disorder (BPD), including increased funding for suicide prevention, community crisis support, educating mental health professionals and early intervention. Here’s how to call your senator:
1) Call 202-224-3121
2) Press #1
3) Enter your zip code and you will be connected to your Senators.
4) Tell your Senator about Borderline Personality DIsorder, how it impacts on you/your family, and why mental health reform is necessary NOW!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to support BPD awareness and mental health reform on Capitol Hill!
Past Advocacy Campaigns
NIMH Needs to Hear from the BPD Community
A new director will be announced shortly to head the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIMH is requesting comments from the public on the current state of mental health research to offer feedback to the newly appointed director. This is a fantastic opportunity for those impacted by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to express their needs, and advocate for more BPD research!
Click the below button for a user-friendly guide to help you fill out the questionnaire using the NIMH's submission guidelines. Please note that all comments should be 500 words or less, and must be submitted by JUNE 30, 2016 using the link http://1.usa.gov/1XrVWXn.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 516-350-8387.
Letter Writing Advocacy Campaign
On May 13th, Paula Tusiani-Eng and Sarah Rooney, members of Emotions Matter, Inc., met with Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, the Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, along with Dr. Perry Hoffman from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) and Dr. Carla Sharp from the University of Houston. They presented Mr. Cuthbert with printed copies of signatures and comments from the Change.org petition, which advocated for more research funding for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). They also shared stories from individuals and family members from around the country who have been impacted by BPD. Dr. Cuthbert thanked us for informing him about BPD, and will take the petition under review. Emotions Matter would like to thank all of those who participated in our advocacy campaign for the months of April and May. We made our goal of 5,000 signatures and are effectively advocating for BPD!
Did you know that BPD was the LEAST FUNDED mental illness by NIMH in 2015?
We want to educate our elected officials about BPD and its impact on society. The following is a picture of our members speaking with legislative staffers with the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, chaired by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.