Mental Illness – A Crime Punishable by Death

Rest in Peace, Christopher

Rest in Peace, Christopher

When did mental illness become a crime punishable by death…without even a trial? That’s what can happen to a loved one if they live in the frozen North of our great country. I’m so angry that I’m having extreme difficulty putting it into words.

My grandson has been struggling for years now. His latest residence was a homeless shelter for veterans in Boston. He got in some kind of disagreement with them and they threw him out, in the middle of the night, when the temperature was in the teens. If it was that bad why didn’t they call the police? I’d rather my grandson be in jail than in a funeral home waiting for us to bring him to his final resting place. There are not enough tears in the ocean to shed at this travesty.

Many of our young people are behind the eight ball in multiple ways; inner city crime, emotional disorders, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and many more problems. Most health care professionals have no training in treating people with alcoholism and mental illness together.

Many will say “we can’t give you any medicine for mental illness because you are drinking.” I’m sorry, but that is a big giant load of horse crap. Maybe if they gave someone a valium they would calm down, go home, if they have one, and go to sleep, instead of wandering the streets, and even dying on a park bench or a train station. Are they afraid of liability issues? I wonder.

So my grandson is laying in a coffin now. He slipped through the cracks. But can we even call it a crack?? It’s more a huge fissure that’s getting wider every day. Pray for our children.

8 responses

  1. Wow, how unbelievably tragic. Is it possible to cry and scream at me same time?

    1. I think it is possible to scream and cry at the same time. I’ve been doing it the last few days and have become quite good at it 😦

  2. The system is so broken that I’m not sure it can be fixed. We need to toss it out and try again. And the people who need the most help will continue to be victimized and voiceless until it is.

    1. Yes the system is completely broken to the point where it’s not even a system. At the moment the way to handle troubled people is “out of sight – out of mind.”

  3. This is just awful. I can’t imagine what you are going through. These things should not happen in a caring society. What is to become of us?

    1. I’m spending most of my time in shock with occasional break throughs of grief and anger. I don’t know what need to be done to fix this glaring whole in our society’s refusal to face this problem.

  4. I am so so so sorry to read this post. Sorry for your loss, sorry for society’s failure to care for the mentally ill. Tragic.

    1. thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

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