With the recent shooting at Northern Illinois University by Stephen Kazmierczak that left five students dead and more than 20 injured, you have to wonder about our politicians. This incident is the latest in a string of shootings similar to this.
We have people killing others in the United States presumably because they have a mental illness. Kazmierczak was thought to have been taking antidepressants and went off his medication.
Parity should have been unanimously passed years ago in all 51 states without question. What politicians are getting kickbacks from the insurance companies to keep this from happening? In addition, there should be more dollars going to organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America to get more help for the mentally ill. Yet Congress doesn't seem to think it's important.
The stigma of mental illness caused by these devastating shootings is only going to hurt our cause. People have to understand the importance of funding in this vital area.
I personally have suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder since 1972, and a year ago had a Vagus nerve stimulation implant to help with the severe depression. This has helped tremendously! But I had to jump through ropes to get funding because I have no insurance coverage. There needs to be more help available to people with mental illness, not less. What about those people without insurance coverage? What about America funding Americans?