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No Place to Go , So She Left Us

Posted on August 24, 2015 with 0 comments
No Place to Go , So She Left Us
This morning I was thinking about the first part of my friend's suicide note, written apparently a few days before her death. I just found out about the note last week. No one had told me. She said that she needed in-house (residential) help but could find no way to get it. I wish she had told me.  I tried for at least two years to find affordable inpatient treatment for her, but had to settle for underfunded periodic weekly outpatient care in the form of group addiction therapy.
The company she worked for went broke, she lost her insurance, the state cut off her unemployment, she had cancer but it was responding to treatment. There’s more, but most importantly, she had dual diagnosis of alcohol addiction and being bipolar-and no money. Over 8.9 million persons have co-occurring disorders; that is they have both a mental and substance use disorder. Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving [...]
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Avian Symphony, a haiku

Posted on August 23, 2015 with 0 comments
Sounds from the green slopes
Chickadees, wrens, and finches
Avian symphony

Haiku Aug. 22, 2015

Posted on August 22, 2015 with 0 comments
Dreams from my childhood: 
Plump, juicy wild blackberries, 
Thorns in our fingers

Haiku of the Day, August 21,2015

Posted on August 21, 2015 with 0 comments
The darkest hour
Is not believing in dawn
Accepting the dark

Ronald Reagan and Our Shameful Mental Illness Treatment System
Even after being shot by a 22 year old untreated schizophrenic, Ronald Reagan was unable to see his horrible mistake.  Even when one of his personal tax advisor’s schizophrenic sons committed suicide and the other killed his mother, he was blind to the damage he had done.
 Even with it staring him in the face, he couldn’t see the harm that he had done to the mental health system that persists to this day.
One month prior to the 1980 election, President Carter had signed the Mental Health Systems Act, which had proposed to continue the federal community mental health centers program, although with some additional state involvement. Consistent with the report of the Carter Commission, it also included a provision for federal grants “for projects for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of positive mental health.”  The Mental Health Systems Act was far from perfect, but it expanded [...]
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