Post # 1
I came across this article today, and I’ve gotta say, it’s opened up my eyes to what the state of mental health care is here in the U.S.
I never realized how difficult our system has made it for those struggling with mental illness.
This article was written by a woman who has a son in his early teens that struggles with mental illness, including particularly violent outbursts. She needs help, and she doesn’t know what to do anymore.
I am Adam Lanza’s Mother: A Mom’s Perspective on the Mental Illness Conversation in America
Just thought I’d share, because I think it’s always worth reading about this kind of thing from someone who is actually going through it.
Post # 3
I read that article earlier today and found it very moving. It really highlights how much families struggle to get that support, which leads to tragedies like what happened the other day.
I’m from Australia, but our system for dealing with mental illness is, sadly, very similar. I work with homeless youth, and many of them struggle to access support services until they’ve got a criminal record – there are some services aimed specifically at early intervention for young people, but it’s still woefully inadequate.
Post # 4
I saw that article on Facebook…I truly hope it gives everyone a little perspective on mental illness and recognizing the signs in their own loved ones that might be present…perhaps if his mother had recognized that early enough, the whole tragedy could have been prevented.