The lack of understanding by many people regarding mental illness is frustrating and astounding. How can it be that when mental healthcare reform is brought up, the topic of gun control is concurrently brought about as if one is ultimately related to the other? The thought of this relation is so sad. Mental illness does not always constitute that someone is a harmful person that will go about shooting up society. The majority of people with mental illness live in their own hell of an existence and others within the populations aren’t of concern. Unfortunately, it is the person who is suffering and their immediate family and loved ones that have to suffer many times (in silence), due to the stigma associated with mental illness. I am perplexed that people in our country (of authority) don’t find it in themselves to realize that this is more than an issue out of their immediate concern, and see it as an issue that is prominent in society (gun relationship aside). Dear God, help our leaders to wake up and make a difference in the lives of so many people. Help this problem not be an issue of stigma and discrimination, and to be an issue of medical equality and care. Now is the time to open their eyes because the urgency for care is everywhere. We are all entitled to respect and human dignity.
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