The Only Time Mental Health Was Discussed During the Democratic Debate

Sorry to get your hopes up, but mental health care reform was not given its own question during Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate. Mental health was mentioned once, in a context that will make some advocates cringe.

When asked about his stance on gun control, candidate Bernie Sanders gave a quick shout out to mental health reform:

Also I believe, and I’ve fought for, to understand that there are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can’t get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don’t have insurance or they’re too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately.

Although Bernie’s response was just a tip-of-the-iceberg statement about everything we could be talking about mental health-wise, reactions to his comment varied.

Some seemed disappointed that Sanders brought up mental health in the context of gun control.

Some praised Sanders for bringing up the issue at all:

Others were just disappointed in general:

Clearly the conversation isn’t over.

What do you think? What mental health issues do you wish were discussed in the presidential debates?

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