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Frank Ryan: Mental health treatment also needed in prisons - Wisconsin State Journal

Frank Ryan: Mental health treatment also needed in prisons - Wisconsin State Journal | homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, healing through art | Scoop.it
Frank Ryan: Mental health treatment also needed in prisonsWisconsin State JournalSunday's letters recommending drug and alcohol treatment as a sure way to lower recidivism and Wisconsin's massive prison costs were right on.
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can you imagine being locked up and dealing with mental health issues?Most people believe that all they need is a tiny cell . I am not advocating for the release of rapists and murderers but what if it was someone you loved that made a mistake (drugs) our prisons are overcrowded and down right scary for a still wet behind the ears pup.what if they are bipolar ? I think it is a shame that no one is willing to look at the facts that surround mental illness and if we cant try with those that are at the corner stone of insanity then with who?

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Culture Stigmatizing Mental Illness Must Change

Culture Stigmatizing Mental Illness Must Change | homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, healing through art | Scoop.it

What I have you can't see, I look just like anyone else on the street that you pass and barely give notice too. Untill I get home or some place quiet- lock myself in and spend the next 30 to 45 minutes talking to myself in a mirror This is the shameful story of my life. I am 46 and i have suffered with Borderline personality Disorder for as long as I can remember.

I grew up being called the closet freak or the girl who cuts or the one who can't be quiet when the teacher tells her to. It sucks, I can remember a argument that took place 20 years ago verbatium.

I don't feel things - emotions the way you or anyone else does. with me it is either all in or nothing. l really don't feel anything. which is sometimes more frightning than standing in front of lucifer himself. I am constantly arguing with myself. berating myself for all the what if's in life. everytime I cut it is to remind me of how bad I was or how I caused pain to someone I love.

 

I do not write in the proper form because if I did I would spend ten hours second quessing myself.

I am me a 46 year old educated published poet from Oklahoma who has a secret little demon always yacking in my head.

So, the next time someone seems not all there or dosen't fit in with you plan of normal take a minute and ask yourself some really hard questions. Not everyone needs to be locked up- not everyone talks to their imaginary friend or bangs their head up against a wall.  It just might be you who needs to rethink what the concept of normal is. Every person has a story whats yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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