If we are not our brother’s keeper continue to house most of the mentally ill in jails. After all, who cares if they get put in isolation wards when they misbehave there. So that is a form of torture. They usually are put on the cheapest medications not always the proper ones. Families are being destroyed not to say anything of the individuals there. I am sure the suicide rate is high.

I saw this coming decades ago when the states started closing down their state hospitals. The money did not follow into community services but just “evaporated”. Hospitalizations are very expensive. Partials are very cost effective. There is no way a person can be stabilized in a few days. At least in a partial you can be monitored over a long period of time. The therapeutic level of a psychotropic medication is often one to two weeks.

Are we our brother’s keeper? Yes! Yes! We are commanded to take care of the weak, the infirm, those in poverty and the mentally ill. We can not turn our heads to them. Each individual must do his/her part to alleviate their suffering. Our society has become so far away from that. So do your part no matter the role you take. It is never too late to start.

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One Response to “If We Are Not Our Brother’s Keeper…”

  1. Sara Says:

    In America, we do not “do right” by the mentally ill. We do not do enough to help families who are dealing with this daily. We forget that for those of us who are not ill, it was the luck of the draw. We must advocate for more and better programs. We must keep guns out of the hands of those who are not well. We must remember that loving kindness was the way of the Buddha and Christ and other faith leaders. We must, or we will certainly reap what we are sowing.

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