I live in the GTA (Greater Torornto Area) and the news today was overwhelmingly about mental illness and random murders. I googled it to get the information but found this among other reports. Society is very quick to blame people who have mental illness with violent crime. This is not the case in most instances. Many people who have mental illnesses do not even have the energy to get out of bed, never mind commit acts of violence. To blame mental illnesses for murder or other random acts is irresponsible and untrue.
Let’s just say it is true. Why would people kill strangers? Maybe they have tried to get help but have been turned away at hospitals. Maybe they can’t hold down a job and therefore do not have benefits to get the medication they need. Maybe they self medicate with alcohol and street drugs to help deal with the pain they feel each and every day. If mentally ill individuals are randomly killing people then we, as a society need to look in the mirror. Something is not working!
My daughter, Justine suffered from bipolar disorder and PTSD. She worked very hard at 2 jobs but neither one had benefits. She was not covered under our benefits after the age of 25. Luckily, she found a Psychiatrist at the hospital who prescribed medication to her under the hospital. She was one of the lucky ones. She knew many homeless people who had no access to medication. Many were alcoholics. These people need help. There doesn’t seem to be much help, just blame.