Police shooting of mentally ill man who was holding a screwdriver (not a link to the video)
One of the key jobs of relatives of the seriously mentally ill is to protect mentally ill relatives from the mental health system. Relatives of the seriously mentally ill must ask themselves honestly ‘is my ill relative disabled?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ the mental health system is used for medication trials. Getting an ill relative on the best medication possible is key. After that the mental health system is very frequently more of a liability than an assistance.
If an ill relative enjoys visits to the mental health system clearly that is a good thing. Very frequently they won’t. Mental health administrators tell legislators that they can get individuals back into the labor force. Mental health administrators then tell their medication prescribers ‘with that prescription pad and other billable services which we provide we have the tools to get individuals back into the labor force. Use that prescription pad!’ They are paid to believe the drugs are very effective and they do so believe. They have zip for negative symptoms.
When an individual is not safe for himself and others then the proper authorities must be contacted. The mental health system is also very helpful in finding the right medication regime, which will be not too much medication and not too little medication. Rarely someone with a serious mental illness who is disabled will find a mental health professional that he or she clicks with whom he or she can talk comfortably with about his or her difficulties. That would be rare but that would be a good thing. Other than that avoiding the mental health system is the optimal strategy for someone who is seriously mentally ill which relatives should be very supportive of.
Primary responsibility for care of seriously mentally ill family members resides with families not with the mental health system.There are many, many newspaper reports of parents of the seriously mentally ill complaining about the inadequacies of the mental health system. These reports are almost always reports of major disasters. These parents rely heavily on the mental health system and there are major disasters. The two are connected.
There are 3,870,000 results on Bing for ‘police shoot mentally ill relative on front lawn.’ Now the police could not have shot more three million mentally ill individuals on front lawns but by page 11 the mentally ill are still being shot by police. Here is a not atypical headline Man shot by Portland police was legally blind, suffered from schizophrenia …