Treatment failures for mental illness occur globally. In our own backyard and across the ocean, children and adults cannot get the care they require to deal with mental illness.
Mental health facilities, community mental health centers and government agencies are all places that are supposed to support and provide help to the community at large. In both the UK and the U.S. the situation is eerily similar. The observation: Society at large does not care much for the mentally ill.
Budget cuts are rampant for mental health and the story is getting worse instead of better. Even increases in awareness are seemingly unhelpful. In the UK, the system that is already faltering is being gouged with further cuts. According to an article by 'the guardian' reviews have over and over proved the same problems exist; increased demand and more cuts to services.
Locally, Sheriff Tom Dart has done a lot of speaking about how backwards our system has become. With recent cuts and more closings of mental health facilities, the jail is going to be heavily negatively impacted. You can read Sheriff Dart's thoughts here in an article done by the NY Times.
In the U.S. alone, 1 in 17 (about 13.6 million) people live with a serious mental illness. About 60% of adults and almost one-half of youth with mental illness received no treatment in 2012*.
With a lot of the emphasis on serious mental illness and advocates squabbling over issues like where money needs to be spent, the situation is becoming more volatile. Divisiveness is occurring over forced treatment, medication, community mental health and other issues that mental illness impacts, such as violence and homelessness.
Certainly there is no shortage on opinions for this issue, but there needs to be more work toward concrete steps taken to serve the community with mental health related issues. It really impacts everyone. According to the statistics, the majority of people know someone or have mentally ill individuals in their families.
Why don't we care more?