Happy 4th of July! Or, as I affectionately call it, "Happy evening-on-the-couch-with-my-distraught-beagles Day" (gotta love those fireworks...let freedom ring!).
Whether you are a stay at home pet owner, or someone who braves the heat for patriotic celebrations tomorrow, here is a selection of media pieces I've collected over the past few weeks that you can take a moment or two...(maybe three)...to peruse this Independence Day. Each story is related to America's plight of individuals and families who are suffering against serious mental illness:
- From the NY Times, "No One Helped My Mentally Ill Mother, or Me." By Laura Zera.
- Frontline: The Released. A documentary about what happens to the mentally ill when they leave America's prisons? Why do they return at such alarming rates?
- From local KJZZ, Whistleblower: Patients with Mental Illness Suffering in Arizona's Prisons.
- Hospital in San Diego County closing doors on inpatient facility that serves the sickest mentally ill: Tri-City to indefinitely suspend inpatient mental health services.
As our nation’s birthday draws near, we can be grateful for our freedoms. But let’s not forget that God is merciful and has eyes for the poor and afflicted. We have been given much grace and we must use our strength and material wealth to help those who cannot help themselves. Celebrate the 4th of July, but remember the weak and helpless.
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard."