With all of this "Why did Sandy Hook happen?" debate, I'd like to give an example of mental health care in the US. (spin off of the gun control topic)
My mom's cousin is a paranoid schizophrenic. He did well on his meds, but meds need to be adjusted from time to time. He was going down hill and decided that his medications was poison and the government wanted to kill him. He refused to take meds. He lost his job and his home. His parents wanted to try to help and took him in under the condition he take his medications. He agreed, but apparently lied. His parents became increasingly aware of his erratic behavior and tried to get help. Several times. They were refused help as HE refused the help because he thought the government was trying to kill him and so far he had not done anything to hurt himself or others.
My aunt and uncle began to fear for their lives and they tried to get him out of the house. He refused to leave. They called the cops to ask what they could do, but as there wasn't a lease and as that was his permanent address they had little they could do. They were trying to find a way to get out of this situation when their son went completely off the deep end and thought that his father had been recruited by the government and was planning to kill him and attacked my uncle, stabbing him 9 times in the back and chest with a piece of glass he had broken.
My uncle survived, but has been in poor health ever since. Their son is now in prison. None of this would have happened if my aunt and uncle had been listened to and had their son been forced to get help instead of being able to reject it because he didn't want it.
In addition, many people were surprised this happened as his 'illness' was kept a secret. So, you don't always know who is living with a mental illness.
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