I always hear how important it is for the government to fund mental health in the USA, how the government needs to bail us out of ever single issue that faces our country, as if though we are inept and can’t do anything for our selves. I say we as Americans can work on mental health issues.
In my recent history my aunt Sheila passed away. She is a woman who faced a hard life struggling with mental health issues. No matter how much help the government threw at her issues, she never got better.
It is my opinion that the government can only do so much, but we as a community can and should step in to fill the gaps.
Usually throwing money at something, IE subsidizing it, only increases it. So throwing money at mental health problems in my opinion makes more of it.
For example, it’s like shoving SSRI drugs down the throats of people alleged to have a mental health situation.
If you pay close attention to the commercial for drugs like Prozac, you will get a sense that these drugs have a potential to make things worse. In fact they most certainly do.
Just look at the laundry list of side-effects caused by Prozac;
Anyway, when my aunt died, my cousin (her daughter) wrote this obituary for her;
Sheila Ann Ney Stirling, friend to all, was born to Joseph James Ney and Jennie Ney on September 22, 1953, in Payson. She passed away on July 18th in Provo. She was preceded in death by her father, who passed away when she was 16, her sister Neita , and Brother Phillip. She is survived by Her Mother Jennie Ney Barber , daughter Becki Reece(Tina) of Magna, Granddaughter Kasandra, great
granddaughter Makaila, Brother’s, Larry Ney (Kym) of Provo, Mike Ney of West Valley, Sisters Evelyn Ferris of Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Gloria Cox (Ted) of Springville, Julia Hone of Spanish Fork, Kim Thompson (Richard) of Springville , and many nieces and nephews.
Sheila had many talent’s, she could crochet anything, sew everything, and won a blue ribbon at the county fair for an amazing Afghan. She was a member of the pep club at Payson high school, she was attending college with plans to become an RN, and working as a CNA at the State hospital, when the onset of Schizophrenia changed the course of her life. After that she was never still, always on the move,
and busy. She had an amazing sweet spirit about her, and never held a grudge, she was always happy to see you, she lived life on her terms and was a free spirit. She touched many lives and will be missed greatly. She made friends easily, and would help anyone. She kept her wonderful sense of humor despite all the challenges she faced, and never gave up, no matter what the adversity. Her illness took her from us way too early in mind and body.
A special thank you to the Circles Group, David Harlow, Kena Jo Mathews, and Otis Martinez III, for all the support in her last year, and making her smile. Thank you to Wasatch Mental Health for support for many years.
A private family service will be held in her honor. Please send memories, and share stores, to the online condolences, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish that donations be made in her honor to fight mental illness, and chronic homelessness.
When she died, I donated $50 to Mental Health America in her honor at this website; http://takeaction.mentalhealthamerica.net/site/TR/Events/General?pxfid=1460&fr_id=1031&pg=fund
I suspect that I will continue to donate to this non-profit, because I have researched them, and they do well with their spending and what they do with the money does seem to be helping.
WE AS A PEOPLE CAN DO THIS.
Also, just to assert my personal feelings on this obituary. If it were me that wrote that up, I would have wrote it differently.
My aunt often use to complain about how people abused her, such as when she would go to the soup kitchens, and she would complain that they would tie her up outside and beat her.
Or how the Mormon missionaries would break into her house and steal her cigarettes.
None of these things really happened, but this was just the way her mental illness effected her. She was always making up stories about how people abused her.
I have other members of my family who are very much the same way as my aunt. There is a long line of mental illness in our family. I have recently done my genealogy @ www.HouseOfThompson.net, and on my mothers side of the family, the mental illness goes back pretty far, with very pronounced symptoms. I sure hope they get help.
This is my video about my aunt, I made this in 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTShx47q_qw