Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nearly 50 Percent Of Mental Health Services Recipients In Giffords' County Were Dropped In 2010

"Under Arizona law, any one of Jared Lee Loughner's classmates or teachers at Pima Community College so concerned about his increasing­ly bizarre behavior could have contacted local officials and asked that he be evaluated for mental illness and potentiall­y committed for psychiatri­c treatment. "

Knowing this fact makes this situation even more tragic. Regardless of the cuts in mental health funding over the past year, it seems that Jared Lee Loughner simply fell through the cracks. Those closest to him failed to get him the help that it now appears obvious that he needed. But hindsight is 20/20. Maybe his family, friends and/or classmates thought that reporting him would be cruel. Maybe they were afraid of him. Or maybe, they just didn't want to get involved. Hopefully, this will remind us all that when we fail to be our brother's keeper, our lack of care could come back to haunt us.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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