Advocates say Connecticut school shooting raises fears about mental illness GREENVILLE, S.C. — Mental health advocates in the Upstate said fighting stigma and pushing for more funding are top priorities, especially after the school shooting in Connecticut. Investigators said Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old identified as the shooter, had mental problems. chaussures newbalance pas cher “It seems to be always pointed out that that’s a piece of it and that adds to that stigma of the mental illness,” Kathy Eckart, of Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC), told WYFF. “The truth is the majority of people who do have a mental illness are high-functioning, can lead normal lives and are not mass killers.” Bill Lindsey, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of South Carolina, said people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime. Chaussures Homme New Balance “Treatment works if you can get it,” Lindsey told WYFF. “But it’s just so hard to get.” Lindsey said starting from July 2008 through June 30, 2012, the state dealt with a $90 million cut in funding for mental health. “The budget that started on July 1 was the first time for us to have new state money (amounting to) $17 million,” Lindsey said. “We’re still waiting to see what the next budget will be. Hopefully, it won’t be below that.” Lindsey said many mental health patients are not able to see their counselors or doctors as often as before. Consequently, many patients are not getting the medicine or therapy treatments adjusted appropriately, Lindsey said. “We transfer the cost of doing mental health out of the mental health department and into jail and corrections institutes,” Lindsey said. newbalance 2018 Paton Blough was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and devotes much of his time to mental health advocacy. He said more education programs are needed to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. “Unfortunately, (mental illness) is not as popular as cancer to fund,” Blough said. “We feel like mental health funding is kind of the red-headed stepchild that doesn’t receive enough funding.” Blough said a strong support system of family members and counselors have helped him deal with his illness.
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Springbrook Behavioral Health Systems is a hospital for adults and long-term treatment facility for adolescents in Travelers Rest. New Balance Homme CEO Mike Rowley said he’ll be watching the upcoming state budget talks closely. “It’s frequent that we don’t have the beds that are needed to treat the clients,” Rowley told WYFF. “Earlier this year, we had to turn some people away.” Rowley said he expects to see an increase in patients in early 2013. “You tend to see less people who want to get treatment during the holidays,” Rowley said. Eckart recommended that people continue to use MHAGC’s crisis hotline for people dealing with mental illness — both patients and their families. New Balance Baskets “It’s totally anonymous. Chaussures New Balance Anybody can call at any time and just talk to somebody 24 hours a day,” Eckart said. “If you’re concerned, get help.