Many of us have read the jumbled story from all the news outlets of the woman who was rescued by Pasco police officers (heroes) before she made a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The issue of concern is the lack of understanding of mental illness within the community.
I’ve seen comments such as, “How sad, she’s taking life for granted.” Wrong! Depression kills. Period. It distorts your thinking and lies to you. It makes you believe death is the only way you’ll feel better and you’ll make others feel better that you’re gone. Also, if she really couldn’t get in sooner to her provider, which is very probable, how do we fix this as a community? After all, 1 in 5 American adults will experience a mental illness. May was Mental Health Awareness Month, but we need this awareness to be awakened!
Accurate news coverage. We’re often too late or misinformed.
An informed community, maybe the media can play a part? This is 2015, it’s time to get educated.
Better access to mental health care providers. I have seen where patients needing help wait 5 days and 3 phone calls to the receptionist before the doctor returns their call.