Tragic Consequences Illustrate Need for Change

When I heard about the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who had schizophrenia, as he cried out for help and screamed for his father, I experienced a deep sense of frustration and defeat.   This video clip of the incident brings to mind many questions and is a clear illustration of how far we still have to go to help the mentally ill.    Limited  treatment options and  resources, and lack of awareness about the nature of mental illness still contribute to the neglect and mistreatment of those who need help the most.   Until mental health is treated exactly the same as any other health condition, these atrocities will continue to happen.  I wonder if the police officers would have  treated someone having a diabetic crisis or heart attack the same way.  

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