The stories are heartbreaking. And they must be told.
Parents want to help a child or loved one who is ill. This is a given. Expected. And yet, in helping a person who has serious mental illness, there is an obstacle at every turn. As one of our Behind the Wall parents says about advocating for her son, “I wasn’t out to harm him, but because of all the laws, I wasn’t allowed to help him.” Most innervating are the restrictive laws—different in each state—for obtaining involuntary commitment for psychiatric treatment for patients over eighteen.
We ask the question: what is the ethical treatment of people who don’t know they have mental illness?
The heartbreaking story in the Washington Post on June 28th “Behind the yellow door, a man’s mental illness worsens, by Stephanie McCrummen” is the story of many families—about eighteen million in the US. It illustrates the common journey and we recommend you give it a read. Pass it around. Then talk to your US and State Representatives about restructuring more humane laws.
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