MY ANSWER TO A RECENT JOURNAL:
As the daughter, sister, wife and mother of people I love with mental illnesses - WE ARE responsible if we are not doing all we can to get our loved one's help for their issues. It is so much easier to turn a blind eye - especially if we aren't related or in the circle with those with mental health problems. This MUST stop in order to have protection from "madmen/women" as MANY have stated "we will NEVER have..." The fact of the matter is that while this young man IS clearly at fault so are WE as a nation. We need to stop and do what we can to get mentally ill people REAL HELP. While that may or may not mean that we actually TAKE care of them, there are other things that CAN and SHOULD be done: Demand bette health care is a biggie. Demand that coverage is available to ALL people! Demand more awareness of mental health conditions. REMOVE the stigma associated with those with mental health issues. Most people that have mental health issues are unaware that they do. Those that DO know are afraid to seek help because people look at them differently (or so they feel). Help and encourage them that there is hope and help out there. Be willing to befriend them and stand up for them when others point fingers and make fun. The life of a person with a mental illness is a lonely, scary place. Let them know that SOMEONE cares! Stop looking at your self and how difficult it is to be around and care about their needs and realize that this person NEEDS your support and kindness in order to get the help they really need so this type of thing NEVER EVER happens again.
Shame on us. WE failed this young man. His school and peers knew there was something wrong and what did they do? They turned a blind eye. THAT IS OUR FAULT. If someone you know or love is behaving irratically - don't desert them. You might as well help load the gun. GET THEM HELP. NOW.BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. AGAIN.Answer Question
Answer by layh41407 at 6:46 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by kerp1960 at 6:51 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 6:54 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Jaxsmommy09 at 6:57 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 7:01 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
the reality is--we can not force individuals with mental illness to get help.
The biggest caveat to mental illness is it generally requires a lifetime of continual treatment- compliance for that lengthof treatment is notoriously low. You can not force treatments on adults who are NOT committed. Since the 80s, fewer and fewer people have been committed (it's too expensive). These people have rights, especially as a marginalized group within society. Getting help is one thing, maintaining that treatment forever, is something altogether different.
Answer by Sisteract at 7:25 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by kerp1960 at 7:40 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Journey311 at 8:36 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Roadfamily6now at 3:31 PM on Jan. 11, 2011