Gathering took place in state capital of Albany Saturday
This past Saturday, members of the New York State Nurses Association marched alongside mental health advocates to decry recent budget cuts that affect mental health treatment.
The gathering started at the Empire State Plaza in Albany and would up at the offices of the State Department of Health. The nurses and advocates demanded a stop to the budget cuts that they say will affect patients, their families and the healthcare system at large.
“The mental health crisis is the worst [crisis]we face in healthcare right now,” claimed Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, president of the NYS Nurses Association. “We’re seeing a big upsurge in violence because people who are mentally ill are not getting the care they need.
“People are frustrated . They’re depressed. There’s a lot of problems. And now they’re closing beds and cutting more services because it’s not profitable.”
Mental health, and how to properly address it through our healthcare system, surged back to the forefront of the news after last week’s tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that killed 17 people.
In New York, nurses say the biggest issues they’re protesting and the closures of hospitals, overcrowding, and understaffing.