TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – More than 120,000 children and adults in Kansas live with serious mental health conditions.
To bring awareness to the topic and possible program cuts, the Kansas Mental Health Coalition sponsored todays Mental Health Advocacy Day.
Consumers, family members, providers, and advocates conveyed to legislators the extent of the cuts to mental health programs.
Rick Cagan, Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness thinks it is important for people living with mental illnesses to participate in todays event.
“People who have a direct, lived experience with mental illness, it’s so important for them to be heard and seen face to face by legislators and family members who are here in support of their loved ones,” Cagan said. “It is critical for legislators to hear from people in their districts.”
Cagan believes that if the legislators don’t spend money on mental health programs they will spend it somewhere else.