• Lisa, you are amazing to come forward like this. I know it must have been hard to tell your story, especially if people are going to look at you funny or call you names behind your back. Chin up, you speak for those who can't, and that takes a lot of guts!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
  • What this article did not tell is the fact that Lisa was treated so badly at Citizens' Hospital that she had to leave town for help. While in the ER with uneducated employees on mental illness a few of them were joking and laughing about Lisa and others that come in (Yes she heard and saw them) How professional is that. This woman had been tramatized at work by critical remarks made to her, by fellow employees, which happens all the time but this time it was too much and pushed her over the edge. She sits in her care shaking and crying so bad she couldn't drive herself home for over an hour after work, finally gets home and continues with this serious breakdown so her husband, terrified, takes her to Citizens. Wow! What a trip! I am sure there are hundreds of nightmare stories like this to tell but who wants to be called and treated like a crazy person.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:21 a.m.
  • Have to agree. Victoria is in desperate need of more resources for those with mental health issues, I am also a nurse and local hospitals are seeing a big increase in patients presenting themselves to emergency rooms with mental health problems. Unfortunately, it is a big misconception that a medical hospital can do something for these types of problems. All that can be done for these patients in the ER is to clear them medically...then try to find not only an appropriate psychiatric facillity to transfer them to but to find one that has a bed available. It is a long and frustrating process for health care professionals and the patient. It is no wonder so many of these people walk the streets since there are little resources for them here.

    May 27, 2012 at 8:32 a.m.
  • Lisa B. Stryk you are a brave woman, and I respect you for standing up for yourself and of others. You so amaze me, you keep telling your story to everyone, until Victoria wises up, and takes notice and does something about it all.
    Come on doctors with a heart, fight with us that care, and find a way to get help in Victoria, not out of town!

    May 27, 2012 at 7:43 a.m.
  • Help for Mental Illness is a joke in Victoria Texas. They shut down the only place a mental person felt safe to go, and to get help.
    Our town is LARGE enough to provide a mental health home, and hospital in VICTORIA!
    But, certain PERSONS put it upon themselves to do away with mental illness help, and load down our hard working police officers with the burden.
    Do these persons feel for the metally ill? Not one bit. If they did they would of NEVER SHUT IT DOWN!
    Maybe they think they don't have anyone in their family with the problem so thereforth don't need it.
    Every family has at least one person in their family with some kind of mental illness, and if you say you don't, your just in denial.
    It is nonsense to send them off to another town, when we are perfectly able to send them to a safe place here to get well.
    Victoria just don't want to deal with it, they want to avoid any conversation about mental illness. They are scared of it.
    So now let us start counting how many are starting to commit Suicide!
    My heart breaks for those that need the help and are rejected. And that is what Victoria is doing. They are rejecting the metally ill, and don't even care.
    I know there are people that COULD help, donate a building, or even open up a wing in the hospital for the metally ill.
    Metally ill don't mean they are crazy, it just means they need medical help. So wise up Victoria and take a stand for those that are not able to defend themselves.
    When an employee is on a job, and knows of an person with mental illness that is working there. It is the bosses job to treat them with respect and the employees to also treat them with respect.
    You may not understand them but, you can read right? So learn about it, instead of picking on them.
    If it was your brother, sister, father, mother, or anyone in your family that you loved, you would not treat them with disrespect.
    You would try to understand and to help them, at least I would hope you had a heart to do that.
    Come on Victoria, have a heart!

    May 27, 2012 at 7:35 a.m.
  • That took a lot of guts for Lisa to come forward just to help others out there. Like we talk about all the time ----THE STIGMA! I am very concerned with the thought from some professionals that we all should get over loosing One South (Citizen's mental ward). Apparently these individuals are not seeing the pain and disruption of families due to not having a local place to go when things just get really bad needing constant care & therapy for a week or two to get back on your recovery program. Those of us out here in the trenches have a whole different story and the Cross Roads community needs a local faciality in a really bad way. It would save the surrounding counties a lot more money to do this. Maybe our 7 county area should pool together and build a stand alone County Facility funded by all the counties, grants and fund drives. Just a positive thought because it is clear to me we are going to have to take care of things like this locally more and more.

    May 26, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.