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Re: “Caution: Mental health services on the chopping block

While there are previous comments regarding mentally ill people hurting others without care, the sad fact is that - while only 1 in approximately 300 mentally ill people will hurt other people - 1 in 9 people with the more severe forms of mental illness will die from suicide. That is with what passes for treatment. If we remove all treatment, these numbers will certainly rise. And if we replace treatment with incarceration of these extremely vulnerable people into the general populations of the most violent places one can think of (i.e., our prison systems), the death toll of the mentally ill will be even higher. Oh, but wait, maybe that is the goal.

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Posted by Rachel Messer on 09/22/2016 at 8:15 AM
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