avoiding the mental illness issues

Illness is big bigness and it generates a lot of revenue for Government, yet mental illness is something that is consistently ignored. Because our country is guilty of outsourcing a vast portion of jobs, which used to support the middle class to other countries, We have been left with a majority of the population facing financial and emotional stresses that are very problematic. We have witnessed the systematic destruction of opportunity: for the middle class, the poor, the vulnerable in our society and we have allowed it to happen. How a society treats its youngest, oldest and sickest people is a reflection on how well that society is functioning, and we are not doing very well.

There HAS to be a ground swell of change coming from the majority of people to demand the productive inclusion of people who fall outside of what we have previously had considered normal, healthy and neuro typical. Life has value; even those people who have mental illness. The truth is, most people will struggle with some form of depression or anxiety in their life. Many will be able to deal with it on their own,even if it takes time, because they have the resources and support which supports them. But what happens to the people who don’t have the money to fund or family to help them, get help?

Currently our social system does nothing to support the majority of people with disabilities to ensure they don’t slip into a crisis. There are precious few programs in place that deal with prevention of problems and instead we are left with Social Service programs that deal with intervention simply because it’s a quantitative number which can be used to prove need, when measured by Government funding policies to determine how much money they will allocate for future programming.

This leaves a massive void for families who are struggling with how to care for their loved ones who either don’t qualify for help or are wait listed for the few and mostly inadequate services, that are in place, even if they have the money to fund it privately. There is a need for massive social programs to handle psychiatric issues that involve more than simply medicating someone until they can’t function. There is a void between what people need to be productive and succeed and what we have as a stop measure to deal with the mentally ill, after a problem occurs.

We have to stop shifting blame onto Police, Social Workers, Teachers and Corrections Officers, who are ONLY allowed to follow or enforce the law; we have to CHANGE the law so that mental illness is treated proactively and supported by the community. This will stimulate infrastructure and create jobs, which will reduce the amount society pays to ensure their basic care over time. Many mentally ill if left untreated, will eventually behave in ways which will require intervention. Yet most of them who are stable neither belong in prisons which are ill equipped to handle them or in a mental hospital where they rely mainly on medication to control them, yet that’s where they will end up.

When we as a society, allow a person who has a mental illness to go without treatment, when we give their right to refuse treatment priority over societies need to have them stable and not become a risk to others, then we have failed them by giving their rights and freedom more value over the society that they live in. Giving a mentally ill person the right to become violent and potentially harm others, so that they can locked up for treatment afterwards, is not an infringement on their basic human rights as our Government seems to believe it is.

It’s been proven time and again that when a mentally ill person goes off needed medication they can potentially become a threat to themselves or others. If they show a pattern of behaviour consistent with episodic violence, then why are they allowed the freedom to harm others? Harming others isn’t a choice for them, as it is with sociopaths. Mentally ill people technically aren’t responsible for their actions when off medication. But it won’t be any solace to the families of people a mentally ill person may hurt or kill while in the middle of a psychiatric breakdown.

There are times when the sentient have to manage those who are struggling with their mental illnesses, before they get into a crisis, so that we can avoid disastrous consequences. It’s very clear that the mentally ill don’t belong in prison with people who have broken the laws on purpose. They don’t belong in a facility where they don’t learn the skills they need to function in our society. Yet we also have to be aware that if a person who is in the middle of a psychotic episode does in fact kill someone, we can no longer give them the freedom of their past, even though their is an explanation for their actions.

We need to develop a complete program of inclusion where the majority of the mentally ill are taught, managed and supported to find meaningful work and to be as fully functioning as their particular issue allows. The only time that prison should be an option, is for the Mentally ill who end up killing or injuring someone because they have gone off their medication and even then it should be with the purpose of monitoring required medication intake in conjunction to regular therapy. This is not a burden on the taxpayer, but a way to decrease the long term reliance of incarceration or hospitalization as a means to house the mentally ill until they die, having never truly lived to their potential.

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12 Responses to avoiding the mental illness issues

  1. DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? says:

    I absolutely agree with you. I know that many cops feel the same way as well. I have quite a few friends in law enforcement and I have been on over a dozen ride along with several different officers and units who specialize in dealing with the mentally ill with criminal records. They are all frustrated by how broken the current system is. It is in need of a major overhaul. Even some offenders/mentally ill themselves would agree!

    • rougedmount says:

      There is a vast difference between the mentally ill and the criminally mentally ill. BOTH need to be handled and managed in a proactive manner; one for inclusion into society and the other for the protection OF society.

      • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? says:

        Indeed. Unfortunately the criminally mentally ill usually start off as just mentally ill, but untreated and then they spiral to the point where something goes horribly wrong.

  2. georgiakevin says:

    Your post is thoughtfully and well written. You come across as a caring kind person. The world needs more like you,…………….. many more.

  3. Pua Nani says:

    I read a wonderful article recently about how mental illness. Thought you might like it http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/22/shaman-sees-mental-hospital/

    • rougedmount says:

      ..thank you for the article..it is very interesting. indigenous peoples have a place in their societies for members who are mentally ill as well as those who have other gender identities. they have specific language and names for them. there was no stigmatization associated with it and it was seen as a good omen or a positive thing. they also believe in positive and negative energy and spirits and they treat them very differently. i very much wish our western world would accept more of the practices that more ancient societies have had and used long before pills became the only way to deal with things.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I enjoy your blog, but I felt I had to respond to this post which I found ill conceived at best and offensive at worst.

    • rougedmount says:

      … can i ask why? …
      my own personal experience with both violent and non violent aspects of mental illness has lead me to view mental health issues as being extremely relevant to society, especially considering the record number of people who are being identified.
      i realize that my view is not shared by all, but i firmly believe that after a person has killed, if they respond to medication while incarcerated and while under supervision, then they should stay there, to ensure they continue to have the supervision they have proved they need. There is NO justice for the families and friends of people who are impacted by the release of their killers who are ‘not criminally responsible’ because they are schizophrenic and have decided to go off their medication and who see their freedom back into society after 5 years, leaving a swath of destruction and post traumatic stress behind to people who viewed the atrocity or who had the person they loved tortured, murdered and eaten . it’s disgusting we value the killers rights more that the victims and their families.
      i also believe that mentally ill people who have never killed or been violent, must be included into society and not be stigmatized. I don’t see how this belief would be offensive to anyone who has a rudimentary understanding or any experience with mental illness.
      families who have been victims of heinous crimes committed by mentally ill people have a shared belief that they should have been forced to get therapy and forced to take medication. Because the rights of the society to safety supersede an individuals right to refuse medication to control their violent behaviour.

      • Dear rougedmount:

        I’ve been away again, at conference and pretended to be brilliant. I really ought to stop this foolishness…

        Anyway, you’ll take no flack from me on your social vision; I declared myself for socialism years ago. I suspect that if people knew one fiftieth of all that happens, scores of millions would be arrive before morning at the Bastille with lanterns, clubs and pitchforks.

        Posts are always ill-conceived and offensive when they disagree with someone’s politics, and for that same reason. I suspect that the problem with your admirable post is located in your second paragraph, third line down, and words seven, eight and nine from the left.

        Village Idiot

        PS: Thanks again for speaking in defense of civility and decency.

      • rougedmount says:

        ahhhh….you know what? I find that many of my ‘beliefs’ have caveats or show that i hold beliefs in each camp. it’s as conflicting for me as it is for people who may read my posts. i truly am not contradicting myself as i actually do hold both beliefs concurrently…which is why i am as complicated as i am at times. yes, my belief if that life has value, except when it doesn’t. that sentence and in fact the belief came into fruition the moment i gave birth to my first child. absolutely and without a doubt, i know i could kill anyone in defense of my children and to take it a step further, once you are a mother, all children have the potential of being your own child, but for the Grace of God. sound illogical? of course it is, but that is a mothers mind. i can not…ever…forgive someone for taking the life of an innocent victim. meaning that i have different rules for people who people who die as a result of their returned violence. you can plan it, it can be accidental, you could be unaware of it happening and the circumstances behind the killing of someone, actually matters to me.
        mental illness. i struggle so much with this as i a son with aspergers and another child of my heart who deals with severe mental illness. plus my own battles with depression and PTSD. i am more than aware that when episodic, the person is simply not there. i know it. yet, when someone kills when in that zone, it is almost worse than a person killing when in the midst of a passionate response in reaction to a violent act. because there is no reason for it. it just ‘happens’. of course the more you know the person, the more you can see things building, or may know and understand why the reaction is what it is. But what happens to the innocent people, the victims to that violence? Unless we are willing to be responsible for the mentally ill and to supervise their actions, then how can we allow them their freedoms once they have killed anyone. Lives are irrevocably changed and the mental health of the person who killed them doesn’t matter.
        If my son hurt someone, then I will be the other families biggest advocate. I would support my child getting help as long as he was not released, nor would I ever trust him again. Yet, if he killed someone, because he chose to go off medication that stabilized him? How could I ever look at him again? I would hate him for the pain he caused another family. The line for me is simple. Support and advocate for mental illness. It should not be stigmatized as we all suffer or deal with it either personally or via one degree of separation. There should be checks and balances to support people long before they get into crisis…yet there isn’t unless a family can do it for the most part. This is societies failing and I hate it. We have to deal with the results of mentally ill people who have passed crisis mode and in some cases, when that results in another persons death, we can not ignore it or deal with it as we are. Not guilty by reason of being mentally ill is NOT a defense to me because you are guilty…guilty of not taking medication after being told that when you were in a lucid state, that your potential to harm others without it, was highly probable. choices that hold dire consequences need to be enforced. So you either remove them to a secured location where they can be productive and highly supervised or kill them after they destroy peoples lives by killing a loved one.
        lives have value, except when they don’t and once you have killed..then how can you be left to live?

      • Anonymous says:

        Totaly agree with you. Its a shame how we expect families to deal with their mentally ill and jugde them harshly while at it….Kenya hasnt been kind to them. The social facilities have failed them.

      • rougedmount says:

        … the burden of dealing with the mentally ill should not fall to families alone. A stable society has a place for the mentally ill and accept them. This support would prevent a host of other problems that come from feeling isolated.

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