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  1. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Clearly our country/states lack even a rudimentary mental health system. It is far down the list of things they want to spend money on.

  2. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well, we USED to have a fairly good MHS. Wonder whatever happened to it?….

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    No one understands mental illness, in my opinion. Certainly we all think we can tell if someone’s “nuts”, but how do you scientifically categorize? For example, I think Ted Nugent is certifiable, but a lot of people think he’s saner than most.

    And let’s look at psychiatry: no one understands why some meds will work or not. Basically, we’re throwing darts in the dark. Prozac doesn’t work? Try Lexapro. No? Xanax. Not happening? There’s more to try.

    Think of this: If I hold you against your will, strap you to a table, attach electrodes and shock the bejesus out of your brain, and I get caught, I’m going to jail for a long time. Unless I’m a psychiatrist, and then it’s just another day at the office.

    “Mental illness” is a great way to neutralize your political enemies, as well. Have them declared insane, throw them into an “institution” and never deal with them again. All of you posters who believe that we have a dictatorship should give this point serious consideration.

  4. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    . . . or is it better to let the mentally ill run loose so that they can push innocent bystanders onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train ?

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago


    True, we did. But many state Governors, like in Massachusetts and Maine, shut down most of these facilities to “balance” their budgets.

  6. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Ah, but when we privatize jails and prisons, there is a monetary incentive to lock people up – including kickbacks to the judges who do the sentencing. If we can’t afford mental treatment facilities, then many end up rotting in the streets or are imprisoned (and subsequently preyed upon) for various infractions (from vagrancy to theft or violent behavior).
    There’s gotta be a better way. Volunteers and churches, despite what uber-conservatives assert, can’t do it all.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Wow. That’s quite a claim. The ACLU shut down mental hospitals. Care to back that up?

  8. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    The ACLU? HUH?? Where do you get your information?

  9. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 2 years ago



  10. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 2 years ago


    There were other links as well.

  11. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    Reagan’s legacy lives on.

  12. nickdouglas

    nickdouglas GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The trend of closing institutions and “mainstreaming” the institutionalized inmates in the name of compassionate care predates Reagan’s presidency. It was not a partisan issue at the time. Most states failed to follow through with the promised numbers of half-way houses and group homes and social workers in the field. Then they closed the last remaining institutions that were supposed to survive to provide beds for those who could not be mainstreamed and simply turned the inmates loose. All too often, without closely supervised care, those formerly institutionalized mentally ill folks became homeless, went off their meds, and lost touch with caregivers.

    My state was run by democrats when all that was happening at the state level… but like I said it was not a partisan issue… and was largely driven by so-called mental health advocates and a large faction of the mental health professional community, often over the objections of the families of the committed inmates. The prospect of saving money was irresistible to governors and legislators from both parties, even through the savings may have been illusory given the cost to society of having so many crazy homeless people not getting the treatment they need.

    It just shows that unintended consequences are to be expected when politicians pander, legislate based on fads, and ignore the fact that it’s not a one size fits all world.

  13. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago


    Well put. Especially your last sentence.

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