The following is from a woman in Michigan, but could be from anywhere. The author lost her son to suicide following numerous attempts and pleas for help.
I have shed more tears than some, but I have experienced more joy than many. A little baby boy came into our life. He made me a Mom. He gave me beautiful memories and yes, some grief too, but he allowed me to feel more love than I knew possible.
As quickly as he came into my life, he left it. Now I grieve as much as I had loved. And I am angry.
Mental illness is running rampant and yet basically ignored. Innocent people are dying daily at the hand of the afflicted because this Country considers it unimportant until there is a mass murder by someone who was schizophrenic, delusional, an addict or depressed. Even Then they are considered the scum of the earth.
When will we recognize that instead of judging people with mental problems we find a way to help them? Stop letting them fall through the cracks and fund mental health. Lansing Firefighter Dennis Rodeman would be alive today had there been ample staff to conduct the follow up of the guy who plowed him down.
I am angry my son had to die. He sought help and was ignored. Three times he was on a three day hold and shuttled out early when he decided he didn’t want to be there. Mom and Dad had no say because of HIPPA. Even when we got a court order that he was suicidal, he was released. Then angry that we had him locked up. No medical professional gave a damn. His life had no value. He was just another one of the several people they see every day but had no funding to do anything for them.
Just like any disease, mental health needs funding. So, as the Affordable Care Act is repealed and reformed, press your Congressman to include Mental Health in covered, pre-existing conditions that have financial support behind it.
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