You Must Earn Your Fork And Horns

The school of good intentions is annoying me as usual. You can make a matter worse by magnifying it any day of the week, and you will find this happens every day of the week. Take the typical 1 in 4 people suffer from some form of mental illness or another statistic dished out by NAMI, the MHA, and other confused and confusing organizations. Wrong. 1 in 4 people may have seen a mental health professional at some time in their lives, but when I say so, I am implying something far different. I am not saying they were doing so because they were ‘sick’.

Here is story from a TV news desk in the state of Maine,Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness , containing a similar statistic, by one Dr. David Prescott.

Why Is Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness Important? There are probably dozens of reasons that challenging the stigma of mental illness and addiction is important. But none seem more compelling than the fact that nearly two-thirds of people who experience a mental illness never receive any type of professional help for their problems. The negative attitudes, fears, and stereotypes that surround mental illness are one of the largest barriers to people receiving professional help.

If 2/3 of the people who experience a mental illness never receive any professional help for it, why rock the boat! What I am hearing here is an argument for tripling the number of mental patients in this country, and I wouldn’t go in that direction myself. Once you have tripled the number of the mentally ill, then you can turn around, and say what you were saying to begin with. 2/3 of the people who experience a mental illness never receive any professional help for their problems. Hey, everybody! Let’s triple the mental illness rate again.

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