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Jacqueline Hastings: Support for those with mental illness

Another tragedy has occurred, dealing with what appears to be another untreated mentally ill person in Oregon. It’s very sad for the families and friends of the victims, as well as the family and friends of the mentally tortured young man, whose mental issues created this tragedy.

I don’t know for sure, as nothing has been reported yet, but I would guess that the parents of this young man have pained over their son for a period of time, not knowing what to do, or not being able to do anything. Because our laws protect the mentally ill rights to be mentally ill and nothing can be done until they break the law, which as we can see so often becomes too late. How many of these people never have a record until then?

Parents and friends should be able to report people that they suspect need professional help. Our government needs to change the status of their right to be mental ill, for their protection and others. So many do not recognize they are mentally ill, so don’t seek help.

Mental illness is so neglected, mainly out of the ignorance of people about this disorder. We’re all living with it in our families, just look around and open your eyes. One out of four, of different degrees, it’s everywhere, which one is the next killer?

Please consider joining forces with N.A.M.I., (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to work to educate and change our laws for the troubled families and those people needing help to be diagnosed.

If you recognize this issue in your family, or a friend, please join us in a safe, caring and understanding support group, held at Madeline Helling, Library in Nevada City, on the second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m.

There is help out there for your pain and the loneliness of this issue, you are not alone, you can listen or talk, but you won’t be sorry you came.

Jacqueline Hastings

Nevada City

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