Murphy challenges Congress to confront its own ‘denial’ about serious mental illness

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It has been a busy week for those both for and against HR 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013." We are featuring calls to action both for and against to stay consistent with our approach of giving all sides an opportunity to express their opinion on the CMHNetwork website. As always Network faithful, explore all sides, do your homework, and make informed decisions.

Below are Congressman Murphy's remarks on the House floor Thursday, July 24, along with video of his speech:

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Contact: Brad Grantz, 202.225.2301

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Calling on Congress to confront its own ‘denial’ about serious mental illness, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy urged passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717) during an impassioned speech before his House of Representatives colleagues today. On Monday, researchers released a groundbreaking study showing schizophrenia is tied to 100 different genes. Dr. Murphy, who is a clinical psychologist, said the research underscores the need to approach serious mental illness as a medical condition. The text of his speech is as follows:

Congressman Tim Murphy - Remarks on the House Floor - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 3717

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