I believe that we, as a country, have a problem when it comes to mental health. Statistically speaking, about one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, and about half of all Americans will develop a mental disorder over the course of their lives. Yet for the most part we leave them untreated because of the social stigmas associated with being “mentally ill.”
This is not acceptable, most people with a mental disorder are suffering and not a threat to society, but then tragedy happens, like the Sandy Hook shooting, and the debate is brought back up about the dangers of people with mental health conditions. I think that instead of demonizing people with mental disorders, especially since they are so common, we should be discussing how we can get people to seek help.
We should take a proactive approach and try to avoid tragedy, rather than having tragedy strike and then blame the lack of support, understanding, and treatment. How long can we continue ignoring this problem before people wake up and realize that this is a serious problem, but it has a solution that isn’t very difficult?