By Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet – The Colorado Sun

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly one in 25 adults in the U.S. lives with a serious mental illness – think conditions like bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. Those people are your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers, your family members, and yes, your elected representatives. But because these are often invisible illnesses, many are unaware of their prevalence and don’t understand what it is really like to live with one of them.

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