Diane Reese’s December 19 Washington Post article addresses the mental health struggles faced by numerous Americans and their families across the nation by detailing mental health issues faced by two families to which she is personally connected.
These stories provide glimpses into the complex and confounding aspects involved in mental health care, as well as the profound need for a conversation about mental health care reform, especially in the wake of the Newtown shootings, to be coupled with the ongoing conversation about gun control reform.
It is highly likely that someone in all of our circles of friends and family is struggling with mental health issues. Thus, the question becomes, how can we educate and inform ourselves about this important matter in order to identify signs and symptoms of mental health struggles and to support family and caregivers.
It should go without saying that local faith communities could (and should) play an important role in hosting mental health experts to inform their members of the issues, to suggest ways that churches can offer assistance both to individuals struggling with mental health issues and their caregivers, and to provide any necessary tips and training for doing so.
The full-text of Reese’s article can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/12/19/after-newtown-what-mental-health-system/