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  •  There's one thing I agree with gun advocates on. (10+ / 0-)

    We need to do something to stop this shit from happening, and I'm willing to try providing more and better mental health services as a part of the solution.

    My local radio station runs ads from a pro-mental health group. They have good ads up, saying things like, "If your friend told you she had diabetes, would you become afraid that she'd be violent? ... Then why would you be afraid when your friend tells you she has a mental illness?" and "Mental illness, what a difference a friend makes."

    If we're going to seriously address mental illness in this country, then we need a major educational campaign to go along with it to (a) notify people of what services are available and (b) de-stigmatize people with mental illness. Mental illness is just as much an illness as physical diseases are. I've been lucky that when I needed therapy, I've gotten it through my university and my local mental health center. But a lot of people won't, because they either don't recognize it or think it's a "weakness" to get help.

    I can't imagine how screwed up I'd be if I hadn't gotten help for my PTSD after my roommate abused his wife in front of me. And no, it didn't make me violent. It made me afraid, hyper-focused, and very head-fogged.

    •  An equivalent to Cancer Society could help (2+ / 0-)
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      second alto, KelleyRN2

      in terms of raising public awareness of mental health issues and raising funds for treatment.

      Love the mental health group's radio ads.

      The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

      by SoCalSal on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:42:06 PM PST

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