Folks, I'm going to piss you all off.
SHUT UP ABOUT THE GUNS
The guns are easy to latch on to, and everyone has their opinion. I'm staying silent on that one.
Can we please have a discussion about mental health now?
Can we PLEASE have a discussion about mental health now?
CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH NOW?
The mental health "system" in the U.S. is dismal. I put system in quotes for a reason. There is no system.
Where do we take people who have mental problems? (I ask this in the context of EMS. Our coverage area is in 3 states, the closest mental health facility is in one of the states over an hour away, but we cannot transport to that hospital. We have to take them to the facility in the state where we picked them up, often a 4 hour journey.)
What do we do if we suspect a person is on the edge?
What does a mother do? A father? Sibling?
What can we do to make this better for all of us?
I have no answers. I just wish we could look at the big problem. No sane person would do something like this.