the first four comments were about how mental illness in America is ‘fake’ or how people with mental illness are treated better than the poor black men who get shot and killed by police EVERYDAY.
Well I blogged some facts in response to those comments.
This is exactly what I posted on my blog and these facts are based a study done in Switzerland, on how the American justice system works
Blacks are 3.5 times more likely to be shot during the act of committing a crime of any kind (I acknowledge its not a good thing)
Mentally ill are 7.8 times more likely to be shot and killed by police during calls for mental crisis (mostly calls for the police to help calm a suicidal subject, but also including people with severe disabilities like autism having a break down in say a mall)
Prisons are 'over funded and filled with opportunities for those within to improve their daily lives. As in, free health care, free education and exercise times.
Mental health facilities are often underfunded, and have no or few opportunities for the residents to improve on their daily lives beyond medication (the study goes on to say that 61% of residents are often ‘over medicated’) These facilities more often than not do not have a place for exercise or education, and according to many reports by former patients the food is typically served cold, and does not meet health and safety requirements.
These are facts I obtained from a swiss study on the mental health care and prison facilities of the United States, all are based not on government released statistics but personal statements by former patients and prisoners.