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Friday, January 14, 2011

Dangerous Mental Health Budget Cuts

America is in the middle of an economic downturn which has forced state governments to cut funding to numerous programs. Programs that were the hardest hit are, more often than not, health related; budget cuts like the $65 million budget cut in the last three years in Arizona are extremely dangerous. If someone needs help, people are generally right there to provide assistance; however, if someone seems mentally disturbed, people generally turn their back on them because of deeply seeded social stigmas. Sadly, people who need help with mental disorders often do not receive any because of lack of funding, in turn, this leads to terrible tragedies like the one that took place in Arizona this past week. If we ignore the problems that are right in front of us, we all end up reaping what we sow; everyone in this country has a family member who is suffering from a mental disease and it is everyone's civic duty to help if at all possible and it is our government's responsibility to protect those people from themselves and the harm that may come to others if an individual is not treated.

Please watch the short video below where Representative Patrick Kennedy, former congressman and soldier in the mental health movement, discusses the subject matter:

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