It's not a long read but it is an outstanding read. The positions range from very involved/concerned to a passing sound byte on late night TV.
I was blown away personally by Dr. Ben Carson's take. Maybe I shouldn't have been, he is not only a Dr but a neurosurgeon so he does get it. He understands better than most what happens when the brain isn't functioning correctly. Here is a snipet from him....
DR. BEN CARSON
“We do not provide the requisite support or finances for the mentally ill in this country, and we clearly have to address that because it has a domino effect. Every mentally ill person is not living in isolation, they affect other people who are around them, and there are a lot of facilities in this country that are sitting empty where we could very easily be providing the appropriate care,” -January 4, Staten Island, New York
“We do not provide the requisite support or finances for the mentally ill in this country, and we clearly have to address that because it has a domino effect.
I am fortunate that I have a great support system. I couldn't do this without that. But that very support system comes under attack without any finances.
It is very difficult and for more a logistical impossibility to focus 100% of my attention on getting better, returning to work better than I left the work force. Disability makes no one rich, that is a fallacy. It's based on a percentage of what you have paid in. Based on your income. Therefore disability pays everyone the same proportionately. If you haven't worked like (not 100% sure on the number) 40 Quarters (10 years) you don't qualify at all. So I figure for about 20 years I averaged between 45 and 50K a year. My "benefit" will pay between $1300-$2000/month. Closer to $2000 because of wife and kids.
So I wouldn't call $24,000/year for a family of 4 as "getting rich" Really gets my goat when people say ignorant things they have no knowledge of. While I would have no money to blow (See yesterday's blog) as we are in deep debt you do go about 2 years before you get paid so you get a 1 time large payment. As I stated yesterday that's where the cars and clothes come from. I am not responsible for other people mis-managing their finances. At "2 years" I would have a payment of maybe $40K after taxes and I am 20K+ in debt plus attorney gets a percentage.
The problem will not go away. In fact it will continue until it becomes such a crisis that it may be too late
The quote though that I think needs the most attention is from Gov. John Kasich
JOHN KASICH“When you help people who people normally in politics run over, people notice. Here’s what I mean. You know how easy it is in politics to ignore the resources you need for the mentally ill? It’s really easy. they don’t have a lobby, they don’t have any power. so when you tend to them, when you make sure that you treat them right, that’s a great thing. And people notice. And they respect it. And so don’t ever ignore those that don’t have the power.” – January 19, Concord, New Hampshire.
You know how easy it is in politics to ignore the resources you need for the mentally ill? It’s really easy. they don’t have a lobby, they don’t have any power.
He's right. We have no power. Without power we have no voice. But we will. We will continue to address this till our country starts to listen.
I don't care who you vote for, I really don't. I am a Democrat yet was able to see 2 Republicans that seem to "get it" But if you claim to have a special place in your heart for those suffering with MH issues...then at least read the article and see where these guys (and Gal) stand.
My final comment is this. It drives me nuts (no pun intended...ok "maybe") that no one talks to us...only about us.
If you don't understand then you fear. If you fear you stigmatize. The only way to get some understanding is by talking to those of us that are not ONLY fighting but have reached a level of acceptance that we do need some help.
#WonderfulWednesday (Tomorrow is my birthday lol)