Improving mental health

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    I agree. But we need a band aid right now, because fixing mental health care is a long term healing solution.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Emajor, just like banning drugs has reduced the availability of drugs?

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    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 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.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Mental illness falls under "pre-exisiting condition".
    Insurance companies didn't have to cover for it.

    That Heaven for the ACA - Affordable Healthcare Act -- aka, Obamacare.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I do agree that universal access to excellent mental health care is a vital part of the solution (the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in that direction, by the way).

    However, until we get to the point as a society that we can effectively prevent most gun dealths through better mental health, a nation with fewer guns would be a lot safer.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 2:14 a.m.

    Linda, not to in any way trivialize your experience or your son's problems, or advocate for universal banning of private firearms, but banning guns is more than a band aid issue for Newtown-style shootings. That kid used a legally purchased and legally owned military style assault rifle. If private gun ownership were banned, he wouldn't have had the ready access to it.

    I'm not going to advocate weakening 2nd Amendment rights, but folks like Wayne LaPierre need to understand that there is a frightening level of gun-related deaths in this nation that other first world nations with tight gun control laws do not experience. And to policy makers in those nations, the Newtown incident is all the proof they need that banning firearms is the way to go.