Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Over the course of our work together, Roger made profound strides. Understanding the roots and current impact of his delusions helped him gradually develop a fragile faith in the validity of his own experience. As his self-trust deepened, the voices that assaulted him lessened. He began feeling more real and alive. He moved into his own apartment, bought a car that he used to get to work and to our tri-weekly sessions, learned several computer languages, got a job working in a college admissions office, and slowly developed several relationships of value and substance.
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Time to address mental health

Esther Fidler, a Lewisville resident and head of the Denton County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness which provides support to people with mental illness and their families said the dearth of resources is costly not only for individuals and their families but also the community. People need quality care, reliable access to medication and cognitive behavioral treatment to keep their mental illness in check, but the rationing of mental health care makes that impossible, she said. Poor quality of care also means that many people with mental illness are robbed of their most productive years, keeping them from meaningful work and paying taxes themselves, she said. In some cases, people who need mental health services end up in the criminal justice system, Fidler said, even though providing the mental health services they need would cost much less. Initial reaction to the United Ways report has community leaders asking whats next, Henderson told us. Advocacy with elected officials and policymakers will be in the mix, and some campaign funds could be directed toward a community impact grant or money for a current provider that has infrastructure and a well-regarded staff, he added. However, the gap between mental health needs and resources available is so large that the United Way may need to help the community create and develop additional programs, he said.
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