This Is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental Illness

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You’ve seen it in the news whether on tv, newspapers, social media on people living with mental illness are treated before, during, and after (sometimes reported) incarceration. Perhaps you are familiar with these names:

Charlenna Lyles

Joseph Mann

Kelly Thomas

Michelle Cusseaux

Reginald Murray

David Montalbelo

Antwon Banks

These are a but a few names of those with mental illness that have been mistreatment by  the police,  the judicial system, and prison system . When I’m saying this please don’t think that inmates living without mental illness are not worth being treated as people too, for they too should be treated fairly as human beings especially in spite of their socioeconomic status.

Brave New Films, completed a short documentary film titled, “This Is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental Health”. This three part series tells the maltreatment of individuals with mental illness “Before”, “During”, and “After” imprisonment.   The video also talks about the lives of three individuals Rebecca Brasfield, Herb Cobbs, and Stacy Hamilton and their experiences with the police, judicial and prison system. And then you have a mother by the name of Tama Bell who tells about the horrific experiences, her son, Masai, experienced in jail.

I personally enjoyed the film and the rawness of the stories of those living with mental illness and their experiences especially in the prison system. Unfortunately as you might probably  know, in the U.S., all the prison systems do here is make profit on those in jail and even after they their time, they are unprepared for the new life that awaits them that is often met with impoverished living. I wish I could say they were just solely made for people to serve their time….but it’s not. Inmates must be shown humanity and inmates with mental illness should be living in a mental health hospital. These injustices must stop.

To view the film, click on the link below:

This Is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental Health

For further resources on the maltreatment of individuals living with mental illness, click on the link below:

Half of People Killed By Police Have a Disability: Report

Madness

The Treatment of Persons With Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: An Untimely Report

There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

 

 

#Light It Up Blue

I am not autistic, but I have worked with individuals who are autistic. The youngest I worked with was 8 years old while the oldest I have worked with being 22 years of age. Whether these individuals are high functioning or low functioning, they are one of the most hard working, awesome, smartest people I have ever met. I just wish society would see that too. Anywho, thanks to April being National Autism Awareness month and April 2nd being World Autism Day, hopefully it will bring Autism the rightful recognition it deserves.

For more information on Autism (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder) click on the links below:

An Introduction to Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism

Autism (Helpguide.org)

Autism (NAMI.org)

Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

AutismSpeaks.org

National Autism Association

PBS Kids Marks Autism Awareness Month With Characters On The Spectrum

Understood.org

What is Autism?

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One Last Accolade for President Obama

In addition to President Obama to being the first Black President, he has done so much over the past 8 years to ensure the well being and civil rights of Americans throughout this great nation. He has tried his best and I have to say it has been an honor to have been under his administration. Though it was not without its difficulties and hurdles, he tried despite the oppositions facing him to prevent him from fulfilling the promises he made even before he held office.

I am trying not to cry because he has meant so much to me and not just as an African American, but as a woman and a human being. He has done so much especially in regards to health:

Affordable Care Act

(Technically made up of  two laws: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (P.L. 111-148) &  the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-152). See article on Affordable Care Act.)

Justice for All Re-authorization Act of 2016 (S. 2577)

Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680)

Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights (H.R. 5578)

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646)

The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)

It’s too hard to say good-bye to such a good man who all but wanted to help his fellow American be their their very best.

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