Amazon.com Widgets

Does the U.S. need greater funding for mental health services?

  • More funding now

    If the cow tells you to kill the neighbor and you don't know right from wrong your going to listen. So many times there is no help for the mentally ill due to budget cuts. It seems no one cares until something bad happens. We spend so much money on building more prisons. Who's going to fight for the mentally ill? Mental illness is growing like wild fire. Look what happened to Robin Williams. Depression is so hard to live with. It's like your down in a hole and can't get out. No one cares until it hits home. We need funds now

  • More funding now

    If the cow tells you to kill the neighbor and you don't know right from wrong your going to listen. So many times there is no help for the mentally ill due to budget cuts. It seems no one cares until something bad happens. We spend so much money on building more prisons. Who's going to fight for the mentally ill? Mental illness is growing like wild fire. Look what happened to Robin Williams. Depression is so hard to live with. It's like your down in a hole and can't get out. No one cares until it hits home. We need funds now

  • More funding now

    If the cow tells you to kill the neighbor and you don't know right from wrong your going to listen. So many times there is no help for the mentally ill due to budget cuts. It seems no one cares until something bad happens. We spend so much money on building more prisons. Who's going to fight for the mentally ill? Mental illness is growing like wild fire. Look what happened to Robin Williams. Depression is so hard to live with. It's like your down in a hole and can't get out. No one cares until it hits home. We need funds now

  • WE definitely need more funding

    I have struggled with a mental illness ( Depression) on and off for years. The services in IL are terrible. Insurance is a pain, unless you have a good one. These people are already suffering enough, help should be more available and we need long term treatment facilities that don't cost thousands of dollars of a month. To those of you who do not suffer with a mental illness, shame on you. Just because you cant see someone's pain, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

  • We need help

    I have been suicidal many of times over the past 9 years, going into a behavioral health center, only to have an appointment 2 months later, only to be analyzed and wait another 2 months to start a medication that could never be adjusted when I needed it because I would have to wait 2 months just for an adjustment appointment. Suicidal tendencies don't wait. I have scars and suicide attempts that didn't need to be there or happen.

  • Mental Health Help Needed

    There are many Americans that are suffering with mental health problems that suffer. The either avoid treatment because of the stigma associated with mental health issues or they know they need help, however they are unable to obtain it. Metal health services are largely under provided for in rural America, leaving many people without services. Lastly, more funding is needed to provide services at no cost or lowered cost, so people can obtain services that they can afford.

  • Systematic dismantling of resources for serious mental health patients

    Read this research piece, then explore on your own: http://j.Mp/18wmZJx. We have, as a country, reduced help for the mentally ill, while allowing for increases in homelessness and crime that results in prisons becoming the repository for the mentally ill. Prisons are not equipped for treatment, nor are prison staff and administration trained for such things. The cost of overcrowded prisons, processing through our legal system, and managing prison populations are out of control.

  • Yes, more funding

    We need to help ourselves by helping others. As we see in the news today lots of bad things are happening to us and everyone around us. Also the people creating these problems happen to have mental disorders and I believe that by helping them with their disorders we could help save lives. And I just don't mean every day civilians, I also mean the people with the disorders. That's why I believe there should be more funding for mental disorders.

  • Absolutely!

    When the movement for the deinstitutionalization of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities was happening, the plan was to provide treatment for these people in the community, in the least restrictive environment. I believe that this is the best environment for the mentally ill to receive treatment in. Unfortunately, there is not enough funding for mental health diagnosis, research, or treatment. Often mental health diagnoses are swept under the rug until another issue arises. There needs to be more funding for health professionals such as nurses, psychologists, addiction specialist, social workers, occupational therapists, and psychiatrists to start community programs where they see a need. Just to be clear, I am not saying that we should attribute appalling acts such as the ones committed in CT ONLY to mental illness. Every person, including those who struggle with a mental illness, is influenced by a multitude of factors, and is still responsible for his/her actions unless proven otherwise in a court of law. When violent actions are committed, the perpetrator is influenced by a 'perfect storm' of factors, and sometimes mental illness is one of them. With more money put toward mental health research, diagnosis, and treatment, the burden of one of those factors might be alleviated.

  • Yes, the U.S. needs more funding for mental health.

    There are lots of people with varying degrees of mental illnesses that cannot get help because they can't afford the services they need. Insurance companies pay for a very limited amount of treatment, and once you reach the maximum, that's it, you're discharged. We are failing both the people who are ill, and the rest of society by not getting the mentally ill the help they need.

  • No, the U.S. does not need greater funding for mental health services.

    There is more than enough funding for mental health in our country. There is also too much sympathy for the mentally ill. I have been a mental health consumer for a number of years and am always appalled when I hear someone defend a violent act based on a mental illness. Most people with mental problems know they have issues. When the family cow tells you to kill the neighbor, you are supposed to know something is wrong.


Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
No comments yet.