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Once again, splashed repeatedly all over every News Channel, is a story about a person with a mental illness, who has attacked innocent strangers in a public place and then lost their own life.
This latest tragedy was done by a homeless person who has been in and out of places where he should have been kept, safe.
Safe for him, safe for the rest of us.
He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and should never have been released into an unsuspecting community, who could neither help, nor understand his pain and anguish, nor his propensity for uncontrollable or violent outbursts.
The last two places that I have lived, California and Connecticut, have for all intents and purposes, shut down and/or closed nearly all of their outpatient, or public mental facilities.
Access to good Psychiatric treatment has been greatly reduced around the Country, but for the indigent, it basically no longer exists.
Persons who are unable to cope, or deal with the everyday challenges of life outside of a safe facility, are now being put out onto the streets, where they have no clue as to what to do.
These mentally ill people are admitted, kept for a short time and then because of budget cuts across the United States, released back out onto the streets to fend for themselves.
This is difficult enough to do with normal brain function, but for one that is nearly incapacitated, or badly impaired, as well as homeless, they are left to just wander around among us, lost and not understanding what is happening to them, or why.
We have endless money to send a huge military force all over this planet and spend billions on War, and all that is connected to it, but when it comes to those who are poor or afflicted, we often show little compassion or concern.
We must take care of our sick and desperate people, or there will continue to be tragedies in Theatres and Schools and the Workplace.
These wretched souls quite often cannot ask for help, as many of them do not understand that they are ill.
What they need is care, medications, kindness and a safe place to live in.
At any given moment, ” There but for the Grace of God, go you or I.”
Any one of us could be just one devastating accident, illness or mugging away from an impaired mental state, or permanently diminished capacity.
We should know better and do better, for them, for us.
No one should be alone and lost among us.
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