Sunday, April 6, 2014

Military Handling Of Mental Health Issues Is Sadly Lacking

It was made pretty clear the other day during a news conference with Army brass on Fort Hood that the last thing they wanted to blame Ivan Lopez's shooting spree on was mental illness. Like the rest of the world, if given the chance, the US military does not want to talk about mental illness - simply because there are no simple answers to the problem. It is much easier to just say that Lopez was angry at other soldiers and leave it at that. Even as major strides have been made in the medical world to help many people who suffer from mental health issues, the folks at the top of the government and business leaders are still very uncomfortable talking about this issue publicly. Sadly, this uneasiness will lead to more deaths at the hand of people who might have been stopped from their killing madness with a simple solution of one prescription pill per day.

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