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  1. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago

    @Tigger

    Sorry Tigger but you are so offbase on this one. We don’t have many mental health facilities left in this country , and at a time when mental illness seems to be on the rise. For years now what many states are doing is placing the mentally ill in jails instead of giving them proper care. While it may provide the illusion of protecting society from " dangerous people " it is IMO a cruel injustice. When you factor in the number of jails that are privately owned and the fact that each inmate provides the owner a fat paycheck from taxpayers , then motives become more clear!

  2. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months 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.

  3. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @Ted Lind

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

  4. Michyle Glen

    Michyle Glen said, 6 months ago

    @CasualBrowser

    Republican tax cuts closed all the facilities.

    The government thought the churches and charitable organizations would take those people in. Another of Reagan’s legacy’s.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months 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.

  6. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months 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 ?

  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 6 months ago

    @CasualBrowser

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

  8. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @mskemple

    Excellent post, mskemple!
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    I would also point out that the practice of isolation and restraint has been shown to promote mental illness (or cause it in so-called normal people).

  9. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 6 months 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).
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    There’s gotta be a better way. Volunteers and churches, despite what uber-conservatives assert, can’t do it all.

  10. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Bent out of shape from society’s pliers.
    B Dylan

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @Tigger

    No, that is what we do when they go to prison.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @CasualBrowser

    Reagan and the Republicans took the funding away with any stupid Conservative Democrats. It has been down hill since then.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    The experts do have a handle on it. However Ted Nugent has a different point of view. Not healthy in my opinion, but still sane.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    A modern version of “1984” as in 2084 would show the police state modern, private and all encompassing. govt and business along with church rolled into one ugly mass.

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 6 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Reagan didn’t shut down the mental hospitals, it was the ACLU.

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