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Is it only the killing of 20 children that has .......

  1. ahorseback profile image77
    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Is it only the killing of 20 children that has .......

    Finally gotten our mass media dicussing solutions to the amount of mental health problems in our culture  ?  Mothers who drown thier children - guns - 20% of prison poulation with mental issues ? etc.

  2. Ericdierker profile image52
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    I think that we are still in the infant stages of understanding mental health problems. We are far away from most people having a working understanding in the area. We can grasp a broken leg or even cancer. But psychosis and mania are beyond normal comprehension.
    The prison figure is an example. Probably much closer to 50%, but they are untreated and undiagnosed.
    Think this way: Atheists will not believe in something that is not tangibly, empirically proven. With that mindset they cannot have faith and they cannot accept the vagueries of mental illness. Yes were are making strides but many scientists do not even accept psychology as a science.
    Mass media cannot sell viewers on matters of such intricacy. Here is an interesting idea, "intervention" I have never heard of it being used to get someone to get medical attention for a bleeding wound. But it is standard for mental illness.

    1. Tusitala Tom profile image65
      Tusitala Tomposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Government agencies, private companies etc employ Safety Officers to ward off or lessen those 'bleedings wound' incidents you mention.  Do we have Safety Officers to head off, i.e. prevent, acts of insanity?   Far as I know, No.

  3. fpherj48 profile image77
    fpherj48posted 5 years ago

    Truthfully?  Ed....I don't believe that even the 3 most recent tragedies (atrocities) will awaken and shake enough people, strongly enough, when it comes to our egregious VOID, where mental health care is concerned. 
    All three of those young men, had severely debilitating mental illness.  It was a known fact as well as a "concern" those associated/related to them.  All the worry, awareness and curiosity in the world doesn't get to the core of the vital aspects of all that needs to be addressed and put into action.
    It's more than sad....IT IS....the biggest tragedy within our tragedies.

  4. Missy Mac profile image80
    Missy Macposted 5 years ago

    The recent tragedies in the news helps communities to acknowledge or admit the problems.  In Chicago, I hate when the summer comes or warmer weather, because our youths suffer.  I hope this is shocks ones to action.  Unfortunately, if nothing is done problems will only escalate.