Robert at http://robertmgoldstein.com/category/photography-and-art/text/inside-did/mental-health-inside-did/ sent me this youtube video. He has a great blog. I have learned so much about what it is like to live with a mental illness when you have no control over when it is going to surface. He and I have read each others blogs so he knows how important it is to spread any good news we hear about something that rarely has anything good to say.
What the police force is doing in San Antonio, if it could spread across the United States it would result in fewer people being sent to prison because they have a better chance of getting the help they need. They have a better chance of having a productive life. No person should be shot dead in their home when a parent calls for help because their son or daughter was having a breakdown. But that is what has happened in many cases. These people needed help. They didn’t need to die because they couldn’t get help, or if the police weren’t trained to deal with them. The one cop was right – they aren’t social workers. They don’t want to be social workers. But this is the situation we have and they need to learn to adapt. We have mentally ill people in our society. They don’t deserve to die because the cops were called to help. They don’t have the right to kill them.
Share this. Make people aware. We can’t just ignore this and hope it goes away.
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