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By Dara Kam Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE
Motivated by the massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn., Florida lawmakers are grappling with shortcomings in how the state treats the mentally ill in the hope of averting similar disasters.
What state officials, providers and advocates told a House committee on Thursday was grim.
Nearly two-thirds of the state’s mentally ill go untreated. The lifespan of those with mental illnesses is 25 years shorter than those without psychiatric problems. And, adjusted for inflation and population, Read More
Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.
Why is it Read More
Both her sons have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the most difficult part is dealing with the perception of her children’s disorder by other people.