Last Friday I was walking around during lunch and was struck by the amount of seemingly mentally ill people I saw. I'm not talking one or two people but 6 or 7 people. And I wasn't even out that long. Seeing this made me think about how we treat each other in this country. If we don't collectively take care of those who can't take care of themselves then are we really civilized?
Surely allowing mentally ill people to suffer on the streets of this country is not moral, humane or ethical.
It's frightening to think that anyone of us could become mentally ill. And if we did who would help us? Hopefully family would but dealing with a mentally ill person can be expensive, time consuming and frustrating. Many a family has given up on a mentally ill relative. Then what?
The government closed down most free mental hospitals in this country in the 1980's. So that means that rather than getting treatment most mentally ill people end-up homeless or in jail.
That's a terrible thought, that America's mentally ill end-up locked in a jail cell.
I think I'll see about doing some volunteer work with the mentally ill or homeless. Maybe then I won't feel so sad about this.