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Mental healthcare system broken

February 14, 2013
Helena Valery - Kihei , The Maui Weekly

There appears to be a common denominator in all the terrible shooting that seem to become more and more frequent. It is the mental health of the perpetrators.

The death of the Longs Drugs manager in December of last year did not include a weapon, but it did involve a man who was a diagnosed schizophrenic, who, according to his brother, was never a violent person, and who had tried to reach out for help just a few days before the fatal happening.

My own brother suffered from the same awful mental illness, and I thank providence that he resided in France where he was able to live a dignified life thanks to their outstanding social services.

Our mental healthcare system appears broken down. It is the ugly stepsister left in the cellar, partly because medical insurance in the U.S. is not available to everyone.

Helena Valery




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