Addressing mental health will help everyone
Editor, the Advocate:
First of all, I would like to remind people that criminals can find a gun when they want to, so going after gun removal, in my eyes, is not the answer. We as a state have made small progress on help for the mentally ill and their families. We blame things on mental illness but do nothing about trying to fix what we can about it. We the people have a human responsibility to help with this problem because it affects all of us (either having an illness or dealing with a loved one's illness).
With that being said, you all have to know that you just can't stand by and do nothing. Call for help or talk to your doctor but do something the day you realize something is wrong.
We need more officers trained to deal with mentally ill folks on a friendly basis. Sometimes just talking to that person and letting them know you care what they are worried about makes all the difference in the world. If you can tell they are way out in left field, then they are usually off their medicine. This is the time to go into action and get them help so no one else gets hurt. It is all our business so don't say it is not. More intense training for our officers so they know how to handle these folks who are acting up will be of great help. Getting rough with them does not always help but giving them a choice to be compliant or go to jail is a choice they make, and if that does not work, then throw them in the slammer for now.
Sadly, there is a large percentage of folks who have some kind of mental illness, and certain things (triggers) set them off and cause a negative response. Get involved, fellow Americans/Texans. It could be you or a loved one who is in the picture and gets hurt. By the way, most of the mentally ill folks I have met are wonderful, kind human beings who just need love and understanding, not avoidance.
Patsy Weppler, Victoria