"Studies show that people with a serious mental illness are no more prone to violence than anyone else — when they get the help they need"
Really wish that the lead-in to this amazing story by the Boston Globe Spotlight team had been
"STUDIES SHOW THAT PEOPLE WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS ARE NO MORE PRONE TO VIOLENCE THAN ANYONE ELSE — WHEN THEY GET THE HELP THEY NEED"
The article is a long read and just the first part of several, but take the time to read it. Then come back here and read my email to them (below).
Overall, it's an amazing thing to have the "megaphone" of the Spotlight team on the topic of mental healthcare in Massachusetts (and beyond). We really are having a long overdue conversation reviewing the results of changes that started many years ago. Those ideas were meant to create a better outcome for those with mental illness. I hope this time we can learn from mistakes quicker and adjust, rather than plod along without really learning from what's working and what isn't.
I write this email with deeply mixed feelings. As the parent of a son with schizophrenia, I have lived the choices and challenges described in the article and know the truthfulness of the experience. This is not the first time one of Michael's articles has moved me (I wrote to you after the Peter Minich story a few years ago).