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NAMI Victoria brought this great man to the area. Mental illness touches all of our lives. If you haven't started to support our local NAMI before now -- then get busy. Go to their web site and give today.
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The first annual won't be the last, I hope. This was a great start for our local NAMI. There is never enough thanks to Patsy Weppler who has served as NAMI Victoria Chapter President through days when she was a single person showing up for events. Mental illness touches everyone, and NAMI is getting it's voice. Thanks Patsy for never giving up. Thanks Randy and all the others who have now stepped up to help Patsy with the growth of NAMI Victoria.
As long as the fear and stigma keep people from talking openly about the needs and the real numbers, things won't change much. Mental illness is underfunded, misunderstood, and shoved from the headlines until tragedy occurs. I've seen parents beg for help for a child with mental illness only to have the system keep them from getting any help. I've seen patients with mental illness beg for help and equality in paying for medications, physicians, etc. No one wants to change how we deal with mental illness or spend money on it until these things happen. Then, in a few months it will be forgotten and nothing will have changed once more. We need "a little less talk and a lot more action." We close local assistance, and will we one day wonder in our area 'how this happened?' Wish it would be a wake up call, but truth be told, nothing will change until talk turns into action.
Is there another University interested in taking over if University of Houston were to drop out? That is not clear to me from the committee. If they have prospects that bring a better future that's one thing. To dream and wish without a viable plan is quite another. A four year University is a benefit to the community. Of course you need adequate housing and jobs and such to support the influx of student population that should bring.
With the closure of the psychiatric care unit, it would be of great interest to look at local and regional resources and alternatives for care. People ask all the time what do we do now? The Advocate should be a leader in the answers.
Ahh, so true. The truth is not as important as the people who guard freedom of speech in Victoria. Information is on a need to know basis, and no one thinks we need to know. Certain people want this to die and want the physicians blamed. "Water under the bridge" and move on. Dig deeper my friends, because it's not all as it appears.
The psychiatrist did not do this for more money. They are going to suffer loss of funds from their decision. The decision has more to do with workload and politics. Yes, probably was only one person on the unit the last day. Duh! They were closing!
A previous article stated that the average census was about 4. Well. that may be or may not be but even at that number over 1,400 patients got to stay nearer to home for treatment of mental health. Why didn't anyone know of the closure? So no one would stand up to stop it!
Doesn't pass the sniff test. Ha. It stinks to high Heaven.