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MENTAL HEALTH: Make services a priority

Letter by Deborah Binion, Graham on Aug. 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm with 4 Comments »
August 16, 2012 2:16 pm

I applaud Jennifer and Reno Sorensen for having the courage to speak publicly about their personal and tragic story (Your Voice, 8-15). It resonated deeply with me as my family also has experienced a tragedy as a result of the failure of our mental health system.

Our son did not perpetrate violence against others; he instead turned the violence on himself and took his own life just six days after his 17th birthday. The loss of his life is no less tragic than the loss of any other life, but what is truly heartbreaking is the knowledge that his death could have been prevented had he received the help he so desperately needed.

What is it going to take for America to wake up and realize that our mentally ill need help? How many more tragedies are we going to have to experience as a society before we are willing to give mentally ill people the care and compassion that they need.

Mental illness is no different from any other medical illness such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Would we as a civilized society refuse to provide treatment for illnesses such as these? Why should it be any different for mental illness?

Statistics show that one in four families will be impacted by mental illness. What that means is that more than likely someone you know or love has a mental illness. It is time for lawmakers to make services for the mentally ill a priority.

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  1. menopaws says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and agree 100% with both the article and your letter. Putting the mentally ill in jail solves nothing and creates issues for both them and the staff. Asking guards who are not trained in mental health issues isn’t fair or right for them or the inmate…….We need to get serious about helping these people and soon before the violence grows worse. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I hope it helps people to understand just how serious this problem is.

  2. LeePHill says:

    In the comments on the story about the Lake Kathryn Market shooter, someone suggested that another shopper with a gun was the solution to the problem.

    The solution to the challenge of mental illness lies in the UNITY of our UNITED States, where the health of all citizens should be the concern of all citizens.

  3. took14theteam says:

    So that is why every one of your comments to every letter posted here demonizes people that don’t think like you?

    I get it now.

  4. cclngthr says:

    With Sorenson, I notice that she was abused as a child. My question to that issue is what was done to resolve that issue? IF the support is not there, yes, problems that are severe, will result when the person gets older; as it appears the case.

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