we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this
Trigger warning for violence, suicide, abuse, trauma, self-injury.
Full text is readable here on WrongReaction. I was going to post it all on here, but it ended up being way too long.
“I am one of the lucky ones. I am not violent, I am not a threat. I am merely struggling, confused, scared. The system is losing something by letting people like me slip through the cracks; but when they’re even overlooking people who are prone to violence, who do present a danger, that’s when tragedies happen. Maybe that tragedy is another mentally ill person becoming homeless, maybe that tragedy is another mentally ill person carrying out an act of mass violence. Neither is acceptable. None of it is acceptable.
This is not an issue of gun laws. This is an issue of our society’s unwillingness to confront the issue of how we handle mental health services.”