100 Years, 100 Stories
Among hundreds of mental health advocates from around the country who converged in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill Tuesday, October 6, 2015 , was MCC-Blue River’s Psychology Instructor Kim Glackin. Glackin was part of the 600 plus advocates for behavioral health who met with more then 300 members of Congress to ask lawmakers to support mental health, increase substance use treatment services and fund important community needs. The National Council for Behavioral Health led by President Linda Rosenburg organized the rally and reminded the group that “change depends on action.”
Glackin was one of the 40 delegates from Missouri who participated in the national discussion. The local group met with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to debate issues impacting mental health services in Missouri. “The most rewarding part of this trip was to tell the Washington politicians that there is a need for additional services for mental health and substance abuse treatment,” explained Glackin.
The pre-planned day took on national significance following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon – that occurred just 5 days before the rally on October 1. Supporters roamed the halls of Congress for eight hours, sitting down with staffers in hopes of bolstering a handful of major bipartisan bills designed to retool America’s mental health system.
Among the guest joining the group was singer and song writer, Demi Lovato, who shared her personal bipolar disorder experience with lawmakers. TV show host and physician, Dr. Oz, was also participated. He briefed congress on prescription drug abuse and snapped a picture with MCC’s Glackin.
Glackin says she believes these issues are important and impact every community. She was thrilled to join the large group of people from all 50 states passionate about making changes and providing more support for students and communities across the country.
The Examiner interviewed Glackin about her trip and her dedication to the cause.
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