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Should people who have obvious mental illness and can harm themselves or others be put into a hospital for their own good??

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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • Annie, a few months ago there was a young man trying to get help for his mental illness and after not getting the help he was seeking, he set fire to a shopping mall (northern California) full of people, after holding one store’s manager and employees hostage. So in my opinion it isn’t just laws, it’s also medical and mental health policy issues.  

      In the Arizona shooting, I think I heard his parents say they’ve been concerned about their son for some time... and then the reception bleeped out.  

      My question is... where did he get the gun and 3 magazines of bullets?  

      Cathie




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • Back in the late eighties, funding was cut for mental institutions.  I don’t know why this was allowed to happen but it did.  I suppose it was part of “budget cuts” at federal and state levels.  That is just so wrong.  These people need to be someplace where they are not a threat to others.  In times past there have always been “insane asylums” and the like.  What have we got now?  Not much.

      My friend has a grandson who was deemed to be a danger to himself and to others last weekend.  He was wild enough the police had to taser him.  After a day in jail and a pysch evaluation he was sent to a state facility that can only keep him five days unless he consents to stay for longer than that.  They medicated him heavily, which of course will make him calm until he walks out and throws the meds away and the vicious cycle will repeat itself until someone gets hurt.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • I agree, Tulip. It is just wrong and obviously something needs to be done, but now the question is... where is the money to care for them going to come from? Life is a lot more complicated than it was in the 80’s and there’s a lot more people occupying this country since way back then. 20 years can make a huge difference in life’s qualities.  

      Cathie




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • There is not the help out there for mental illness as people think there is.....it’s expensive.....and unfortunately...people fall through the large cracks and before you know it....something tragic has happened.  

      This would also apply to drug addiction as well.  

      The help is just not there...




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • So to answer your question Annie....I honestly believe they should.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • Annie I agree about the earmarks....  

      To answer your question..... YES! Not because I want them put away but because I want them to have help and stay safe while keeping those around safe.

      The bottom line is this and will always be this........unless it makes BIG money for big business it’s unimportant. Of course if we all are loud enough that could change!




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      Diane17 wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • I have a friend who is paranoid schizoprehic and her parents put her into a mental institution for a while...maybe several months.  This happened right around the time we first became friends many many years ago.  I did not know where she was or about her condition until she got out and told me herself but it seemed to do her good.  She is on medication now and seems pretty normal.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • I’m not an advocate of locking them up and throwing away the key either.  But there need to be places where people with mental problems can get help.  And most of those people need more than five days of being in an institution.  

      My oldest daughter’s biological mother should be in an institution somewhere, but because her own parents were not willing to sign papers to have her commited, she was out of the facility the police put her into in 24 hours.  There just has to be some way to keep these people off the streets.




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jan 15, 2011
    • It is hard to get help if you do not have money.  And lets face it does anyone want to have to foot the bill for someone to have the correct help that they need?  And its right that we do spend money on stupid stuff.  Really do need another study on whales?  Or some bridge going to an island that only a few people live on?  In this PC world of ours we do not want to admit that we have failed the mentally ill but we have, in a major way.  We spend money on all these pet projects and throw pills at the mentally ill. Here take that and call me in the morning.  Hope for the best till our eyes are opened.  Unless some congressperson realizes that the problem is not with guns or Sarah Palin but with the fact that the mental hospital system has failed then we will keep blaming everything else wearing our rosy colored glass and claim how evolved we are when we are just failures.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 16, 2011
    • AMEN MOMOFTHREEPRINCESS!!! AMEN!!




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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 17, 2011
    • In Philadelphia there was a state mental facility that has now closed..Byberry..when that happened the residents of that facility were thrown to the dogs and started to wander all over the place..to me it is all bureaucratic bullshit, more money in somebody’s pocket with little regard for the mentally ill..so yes, too much money is being spent on nonsense and until the government and it’s cronies wake up, this will continue..and yes, if people are a threat to themselves or others, there should be provisions made and if tests show they are incompetent to be on their own, they need to be monitored.




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