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October 16, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Mental health: We have failed to humanely care for the mentally ill

In response to Jonathan Martin’s column “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13], I’d like to add some comments.

First, there are far too many mentally ill people in jail in general. Because of the values society has placed on them, they are automatically seen as outcast, which is very similar to criminals. Until we see mentally ill people as human beings, they will continue to be put in jails and institutions that cost taxpayers millions.

Second, I’d like to say that homeless mentally ill people are particular vulnerable to re-offend due to the lack of help they received once they get out of jails or institutions. Many of them return to the same environment and commit the same crimes over again.

Until we as a society start to change our view of the mentally ill and allocate funding to properly treat their illness, we have failed as human beings to care for one another in a way we would want to be treated as well.

Kevin Cormier, Lake Forest Park

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