My 2016 Birthday Prayer

I encourage you to read this.

I encourage you to watch the documentary “The 13th” on Netflix.

I encourage you to think about how little training the police have to deal with such things as a mental health crisis, or domestic violence, or race relations. I encourage you to think about how much our prison systems are set up in the U.S. only for profit as a rule and not as the exception. I encourage you to expect accountability from police, from doctors, from mental health facilities who are tasked with caring for patients with a variety of diagnoses. I encourage you to think about how every person is different and there is no textbook, across-the-board answer.

I encourage you to think of every person as having value.
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ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Today is my birthday
but, awakening from a nightmare,
I’m not feeling very happy right now

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

First, my birthday prayer:

The personal story behind both the prayer and my recurring nightmares follows below.

PLEASE God, we seriously need to upgrade the health-care system in this country. We need a clean sweep of the Mammon-worshipping insurance industry, God, clearing out everyone who is getting rich off the health challenges of the citizens of this country.

Please make everyone aware that, most importantly, we desperately need to FIX America’s woefully inadequate mental health care system, as we vastly improve mental health awareness in the entire country – including empathy for the poor, the homeless and every single one of our veterans.

Lay it on the heart of every single American with breath enough to speak, God. Let them know it like *I* know it…

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2 thoughts on “My 2016 Birthday Prayer

  1. Thanks you SO much for reblogging this post – spreading the word about the story behind my birthday prayer – and especially for calling for action. Change in the extent of mental health awareness and training is long overdue – and it is, literally, KILLING us.

    If not us, who? If not now, when?
    xx,
    mgh

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