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Mental Health: A reader’s personal journey

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Following yesterday’s post, I had a reader email me about his personal journey with mental health.

I want to tell you the story of a guy named Luke (not really his name, of course…but let’s call him that). I have little reason to doubt validity of what he shares as the guy had nothing to gain by emailing me. In fact, I greatly appreciate that someone can open up about this thereby allowing a very personal touch to be added to yesterday’s high-level discussion surrounding mental health and mental illness.

Luke’s story illustrates the classic approach to mental health in this country including its failings and successes. I think it is important for everyone to read this as it encapsulates one person dealing with, and attempting to overcome, some pretty heavy stuff.

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Politics 101: Focus on guns, not mental health

Too often the debate centers around the image on the left when what we should really be talking about is on the right

Too often the debate centers around the image on the left when what we should really be talking about is on the right

Last week another gun related tragedy occurred, this time in Washington State. A young man entered the cafeteria, brandished a weapon, and started shooting before turning it in himself. His actions led to several injuries and three deaths (including his own).

Afterwards, reports focused on how well liked the young man was but that he had seemingly been under some emotional duress recently according to his Twitter feed. Well, no shit! Top notch reporting there.

People who are feeling good about life, about themselves and their personal situations, do NOT start a shooting spree at school that leads to their death. People who are emotionally stable and chemically balanced in their brain simply don’t do things like this. Continue reading