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Published: Thursday, Dec. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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VIDAR
Murray, UT

Students who go into social service and mental health fields are told their degrees are worthless,
and not worth having.
Legislators question whether the preparatory bachelor’s degrees should be offered.
The numbers of positions in mental health field are being cut.
Many students are not willing to pay for a masters, or doctorate degree; and then make the same money as someone with a bachelors; or high school diploma.
If we do not fund treatment for the mentally ill: then the mentally ill will be untreated.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

The first place to start is definitely not a Republican or Democrat politician with an 'answer'.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Mental illness has always been around.
Sadder still, the severely mentally ill have always committed suicide.

but for 6,000 years is was "I'm no good", "I'm going kill myself".
And they would silently, passively - do the deed via drowning, hanging, jumping off a cliff, poisoning, ect.

What's changed in the last 20 years is the use of SRRI medications.

While some of these people may already feel like innocent sufering victims in their own situation
and may already be prone to hurting themselves,

Finally and Saddest of them all is --
what theses meds can produce is a twisted adverse reaction by inducing added thoughts with a desire of
wanting to harm as many OTHER innocent victims and make them suffer with them before they end it all themselves.

One needs to only look at the time table,
the pattern,
and the common denominators.

That's why the FDA requuires a black box warning label on all the boxes.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Please don’t let the investigation into the Sandy Hook killings get dead ended into an assumption that it was merely mental illness.

Sometimes people kill because of hate, anger, jealousy, and even love when they are overcome with rage. Perhaps most of us have experienced rage at one time or another. And even though it may be called temporary insanity, it probable cannot be predicted or detected in advance.

Our psyche is blasted daily by the hate, anger and fear of the political agendas of politicians and the media. Perhaps we are being conditioned to explode.

Then there’s the other things we take into our bodies, not necessarily illegal drugs, but all sorts of chemicals in our food and even the air we breath.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Where is the Obama initiative on mental illness?? Perhaps that will be lumped in with his gun-ban bill?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Let's not put a "cause" on the murders that occurred until we have all the facts.

Let's first look at "principles" and then see which principles are being followed and which are being ignored.

Our creator told us to treat each other as we would be treated. That "principle" was ignored.

Our creator told us that those who offend a child would be better off if they had never been born. That "principle" was ignored.

Our creator told us that we would be free to make every decision in our lives without his interference. Government tells us that we are incapable of making decisions without them first passing laws that restrict what we are allowed to do. That principle is being ignored.

As long as we ignore the basic principles that should govern our lives and them make up laws to restrict us, we will never solve any problems.

Agency is inherently dangerous, but God gave us parents to teach us and leaders, who, if listened to, would keep us from deviating too far from the proper path. Ignoring parents and leaders lets those who rebel cause great harm.

Let's listen before acting. God is always right.

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

Our Republican representatives, especially Chaffetz, are in the media these days deflecting gun control from the discussion by saying we need to focus on mental illness. Of course mental illnes is part of it. But are they willing to add assistance to the mentally ill to the social programs they are so eager to cut before we go over the fiscal cliff? If not, then it is what it is - deflection.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

MR, you start off fairly benign..but then you display your distorted view of goverment.."Government tells us that we are incapable of making decisions without them first passing laws that restrict what we are allowed to do." You know the original government in the US was simply a collected response to the circumstances/needs of the time. It was done pretty well, establishing basic principles and tenets and recognizing that the needs may change (thanks to Hamilton). Todays government is simply a collected response to the needs of our times. We obviously don't always get it right..the founding fathers didn't get it exactly right either. However, your belief that the governing principles of our society should be enforced using the circumstances/needs of 1776 rather than the circumstances/needs of 2012 is really conter productive. The government is not our enemy it's our response to the needs/circumstances of today. Our world is complicated and interdependent..therefore our government is complicated and interdependent. I would expect that it is really frustrating trying to interpret a tecnicolor world in black and white terms.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

I'm all for it. People that want to own a gun should have to pass the same psycolgical batteries of tests that police officers do.

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