"Mental Illness 101"
The headline is sickening familiar. Another day, another mass shooting.
This time, it's at Washington's Navy Yard, leaving 12 dead amid the usual post-tragedy debates about gun control and mental health.
Gun control, in my humble opinion, gets plenty of air time and print space. Mental Illness? Not so much.
Journal/Sentinel VP/Editor George Stanley re-tweeted a piece this week written by one of his paper's best writers, Meg Kissinger. It was first written in 2011 but, thanks to the stead stream of such events, it's as if the ink is still dry.
It could be headlined "Mental Illness 1010" but the one it bears sums things up nicely: "Law Creates Barriers To Getting Help For The Mentally Ill." It's no fluff piece, but it'll make you a better, more informed person when the issue of caring for those who suffer from this disease comes up again. Sadly, it's a discussion we only seem willing to take on when there's mass carnage, one that we easily let go off once the gunfire ends and the news cycle moves on.