They lived entirely separate lives but the circumstances of their deaths were strikingly similar.
Suelynne Brown's insight:
People mistakenly believe that if police have Tasers they use them instead of firearms — they won't. They'll use them in addition to firearms," he said. "It's not weapons that are needed. It's approaching people in a reasonable way that's needed." Peter Rosenthal - Michael Eligon's Lawyer
Federal Prison Sat By While Mentally Ill Inmate Ate His Own Feces ThinkProgress As several news reports have recently highlighted, prisons are increasingly serving as de facto asylums for the mentally ill.
Prison is where many of the mentally ill end up.... Some in today's society either have no idea how to help these people or, they just don't care enough! Mental illness if unchecked may lead to self medication, and drug abuse/addiction... Addictions often lead to criminal activity landing many in prison! Prisons like this one use tactics like solitary confinement as punishment for misbehavior etc... I call this form of punishment torture!
Charities warn lives are being put at risk as not enough is being done to spot the early signs of mental health problems.
Suelynne Brown's insight:
This is the absolute truth! Not only is not enough being done to save the lives of millions; the stigma surrounding those with mental illness is actually getting worse! Stigma intensifies the pain many are in causing the ill to go undiagnosed which in turn causes isolation, self-medication and eventually death! It's time to wake up folks!
During a trip to Juba, South Sudan to cover the referendum for independence, photojournalist Robin Hammond came across a story he had never seen adequately depicted, when he saw, as he tells FotoEvidence, a mentally ill girl begging at the side of...
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