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It doesn’t get anymore blunt than this.

We in America ignore mental illness at our own peril. The twenty young innocent children recently slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut were victims because our society makes it difficult to care for the mentally ill. Our refusal to address mental illness even in our own families is costing us.  

Acquaintances or someone in Adam Lanza’s family knew something was wrong with him and whether or not they had the resources to help Adam should be irrelevant.  He needed help, we as a civilized society should have tried to help.

Those whom claim that we should be on our own regarding health care issues conveniently ignore the larger repercussions.

Identifying, containing, and treating those who suffer from mental illness should be our focus.

When we don’t, we do so at our own peril.  

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    gfv6800, jlynne, CA wildwoman

    Kos is Kind, Smart and Important.

    by Stop Pandering on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:23:02 AM PST

  •  Part of the problem is that we demonize (2+ / 0-)
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    jlynne, CA wildwoman

    anyone who commits atrocious acts. We call them monsters and use all sorts of terrible language with them.

    That is why people never identify the ones they know as threats. They know them as human beings.

    I think it is the same with the Pedophelia, three unrelated organizations:  Catholic Church, The Boy Scouts, and Penn State allowed a pedophile to operate among them. Why?

    Because they thought of pedophiles as evil monsters and couldn't believe the humans they knew could actually do those things.

    That being said, you have to stop juxtaposing mental health against gun restrictions.

    Both Mental Illness and our societies love of violence and guns are the problem.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:28:15 AM PST

  •  We need help (2+ / 0-)
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    jlynne, CA wildwoman

    Kos is Kind, Smart and Important.

    by Stop Pandering on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10:55 AM PST

  •  Our cultural norm is 'anesthesia', not treatment. (0+ / 0-)

    There is so much pain inflicted by our 'normal' society that we don't recognize it.
    Instead, we normally use alcohol & drugs to cope with all the emotional, psychological & physical pain we don't want to feel. Think about it, they're all anesthetics & have been used medically at some time for pain relief.

    Anesthesia is not the same as treatment. It is not corrective.

    Anesthesia is more profitable than treatment because the problems stay or intensify, so more alcohol & drugs are demanded.

    Then you mix in a lack of coping skills & easily available long distance lethal weapons, and you have disaster soup.

    We finally have information on how to avoid causing pain & problems in the first place, but we struggle to get it implemented in the face of the profitable alcohol, drug & weapon industries.

    We struggle to get it implemented in the face of prisons as job creators & industries in their own right.

    We fight grief & denial in families & communities.

    We fight sadists that withhold tax monies for & from adequate services for people in pain & disability because they get off on their own power trips & self importance.

    All the needed changes can be demanded together as good sense.

    Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

    by CA wildwoman on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 07:47:32 AM PST

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