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Letter to the Editor: Mentally ill not more likely to kill

August 20th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Mentally ill not more likely to kill”

Published: The Washington Times, Sept. 20, 2013

The national news media should report more facts whenever they cover stories having to do with mass shooters being mentally ill (“Aaron Alexis‘ history renews debate between mental issues, gun crimes,” Web, Sept. soldes newbalance 18). Chaussures NEW BALANCE This includes, of course, this week’s Navy Yard shooting. Chaussures Homme New Balance If I were to rely solely on the coverage I have seen over the past few years, I would assume every mentally ill person is a ticking time bomb ready to go off at any moment. newbalance chaussures Actually, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 57.7 million Americans have suffered from a mental illness in the past 12 months. newbalance 2018 pas cher That is 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older. acheter newbalance en ligne Furthermore, a person with a severe mental illness is four times more likely to be a victim of a crime than to commit a crime.

Letter to Professor Richard E. Vatz

August 19th, 2013 Posted by Letters, Media, Published Media 1 thought on “Letter to Professor Richard E. Vatz”

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Dear Professor Vatz, Reading your article printed in yesterday’s Washington Times, I was quite alarmed that a man of your expertise would publish a piece that effectively served to reinforce the stigma that surrounds persons suffering from mental illnesses. As a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, I have recently dedicated my entire life to fighting stigma and combating the kind of unfounded ignorance you demonstrated in your piece. When you suggest that people who suffer from a mental health disorder do not have a “genuine medical illness,” this statement alone makes apparent to me two things — you have never seen a family member or loved one battle with a mental disorder, and also that you’re unaware of the medical data which proves otherwise. By creating such a premise and not critically thinking through your motivations, you insult 26.6 million Americans who, according to the National Institute on Mental Health, have suffered from a mental health disorder in the last 12 months. acheter newbalance en ligne Another thing I find troublesome is that you seem to suggest that there should not be an ‘insanity’ plea available to the mental ill who commits a crime because of his her medical disorder. If someone experiences his or her first epileptic seizure while operating a motor vehicle and subsequently kills another driver, should this person be charged for a crime? Then why would you throw the book at someone, who because of an illness, hurts another individual? These people need help, not to be thrown into a cage and be further stigmatized, increasing the likelihood that they will continue to experience problems down the line. newbalance 2018 What has happened in the last 50 years? According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, we as a nation have reduced our psychiatric hospital beds from 550,000 to less than 50,000 all the while increasing a mentally ill prison population to over 1.2 million. Is this a way for a civilized society to act? Furthermore, toward the end of your article, you suggest that the cost will “skyrocket” if people seek the help they need, and that we will become a “nation of victims.” Outpatient services in my home state of South Carolina cost taxpayers $2,400 per year. soldes newbalance But incarceration costs $17,500. vente de newbalance If people do not have the services available to get the help they need, the overall cost can easily be ten times greater over the long run. It also appears that you have no room in your heart for life, when you recognize that 90 percent of suicides, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, are committed by people who have mental health diagnoses. Yes, mental illness kills more people on an annual basis than car accidents and almost as many as breast cancer. Finally, I am truly surprised that an academic such as yourself would print such an article that only serves to perpetuate the very crux of the problem. New Balance Baskets You suggest in your summary that we cannot afford the social or literal cost of this cultural change. I will take my last breath defending my belief that there is no way we can afford NOT to change. new balance pas cher I am asking you to retract this letter immediately, and if not, I would gladly challenge you to a debate on this subject. I am currently scheduled to be in Washington, D.C. newbalance pas cher to testify before the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on Dec. 18, if you could make that time work.

Letter to Governor Nikki Haley

August 17th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Letter to Governor Nikki Haley”

Dear Governor Haley, Thank you for being who I consider the best Governor I have ever had in my 37 years of life. newbalance 2018 pas cher I am writing you as a concerned constituent who would love to see your progress in the area of mental health reform taken to an even higher level. If you remember I briefly talked with you at the Charlotte airport in June and voiced some of my concerns to you in person. I am a man who has battled bipolar type 1 disorder since 2002 and at one point spent a third of my life in jail or in a mental hospital. new balance sitemap During that three year period I lost my entire business, (which had grossed over 1 million dollars) my marriage completely crumbled, my house foreclosed on and at one point was living in my car. NEW BALANCE en France Since 2008 I was able to receive help from a variety of area’s including Greenville Mental Health, NAMI, my now second wife, and perhaps most importantly my church and God. newbalance 2018 Family Photo 2012I have been psychosis episode free for 4 years and have turned my story into help and inspiration for others. God has blessed me with a strong wife who owns www.redhype.com ad agency in downtown Greenville and a new child to go along with my 5 other children. I have worked with Fred Riddle from NAMI training over 200 officers and dispatchers in the upstate through the Crisis Intervention Class we offer. I have also worked directly with the Greenville Police Dept. in their hostage negotiation/swat training. I also talk to NAMI family education classes and meet with people on an individual basis. In 2011 I received the “Recovery Member of the Year” award from the State of SC NAMI board.Paton 2011 Best Recovery Award I tell you all this to offer my help to you or your staff when it comes to any measures you may consider when it comes to state wide mental health reform. I think I have invaluable information to offer when it comes to being honest with what psychosis really is. I also have no fear of speaking publicly to anybody including the SC legislature. The problems are huge and they effect every person living in our state in one way or another. I am in the process of trying to launch a career in this area and am willing to seize any opportunity I get to make a difference. New Balance Baskets It is my belief that anyone who arms themselves with facts will realize that being very proactive in this area will reduce stigma, improve the quality of lives in our communities while saving money! I would also like to extend to you a personal invitation to our annual www.diningfornami.com event at the Embassy Suites in Greenville. newbalance 2018 Frank Page from Taylor’s First Baptist Church will be our guest speaker. new balance pas cher Thank you so much for reading this and I wish you the best on your re-election campaign.

Letter to the Editor: Reform Prisons

August 14th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 2 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Reform Prisons”

South Carolina Gov. acheter newbalance Nikki Haley has selected her chief of staff to be the next director of the state’s prison system. Source: WLTX


Published: The Post and Courier, Sept. 14, 2013

I was glad to see that reducing recidivism rates was a reason for Gov. new balance 2018 pas cher Nikki Haley’s recent appointment of Bryan Stirling as the new S.C. soldes newbalance prisons chief. The disappointment came when I read no mention of the mentally ill who are living behind bars. Any spending targeted at helping inmates read just to civilian life without addressing this issue is, in my estimation, mostly a waste. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found in a 2006 study that over half the prison population in our country has a mental illness — 1.25 million is a staggering number. new balance 2018 Further research suggests that the mentally ill population is two to four times overrepresented in our correction system in the United States. All residents of South Carolina need to wake up to the fact that ignoring these problems will only bring more pain and expense. Mr. Stirling and Gov. vente de newbalance Haley should provide the bold leadership to do what is necessary to reform our corrections system and make South Carolina an exemplar for the rest of the nation.

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Letter to the Editor: Restore Funding

August 28th, 2011 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Restore Funding”

Published: Herald Independent, Oct. 28, 2011

As we consider the financial crises taking place in our state, there is a sector of our population that has perhaps taken the worst hit of all—the mentally ill and their families. newbalance 2018 It is a statistical fact that during economic downturns, those with mental illness suffer worse financial stress. The State of S.C. Chaussures NEW BALANCE has severely slashed the budget for the mentally ill – over 40 percent in the last three years, from $220 million to $130 million. Yet, the net result is that there are no actual savings for the tax payer! Consider that outpatient treatment comes to an annual expense of only $2,400 per individual. Unfortunately, when this treatment is not available to the mentally ill, it results in these individuals going to hospitals or prisons, which are a far worse and much more expensive environments to receive care. New Balance Baskets The Department of Corrections spends over $17,000 each year per inmate, and this is not taking into account police costs, court costs, public defenders, etc. soldes newbalance An estimated 55 percent of the prisoner population suffers from the medical issue of mental illness. solde newbalance map This leads to severe behavioral problems and, in some cases, suicide.

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