THANKS to all who read & commented on My Birthday Prayer
Saturday, December 3, 2016 18 Comments
You are much appreciated
AND there is more to be done & more we ALL can do
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Mental Health Awareness Series
Turning a Comment into a Post
I added a comment to my Birthday Post to thank my readers and followers for the amazing response from so many of you who took the time to read the story behind my prayer.
I so appreciate everyone who commented with empathy, as well as with the disgust that *I* feel for the TRAGIC and avoidable murder of the son of a good friend, colleague, and leading light in the ADD community.
I am expanding it into an Advocacy article, hoping that more of you will see it.
So what’s the MORE?
God Bless YOU all – and now I hope everyone will be proactive, speaking truth to “power” with a reach further than that of the blogging community.
I ask you to write or call your elected representatives and local hospital administrators – and that you repeat this story to your doctors with an expression of concern that something similar could EVER happen to you or someone you love.
It’s desperately needed, regardless of where you live in the free world.
The police are not the central problem here – but their lack of mental health training IS a serious issue that has needed addressing for a very long time. And that, my friends, is a matter for specifically targeted appropriations – or, as it turns out, lack thereof.
The APA (American Psychological Association) and AMA (Medical) could us a major tune up as well.
What happened medically that allowed this tragedy to occur was and IS INexcusable, totally avoidable and, unfortunately, not rare.
We, too, can become effective Lobbyists
ALL decision and policy makers need to be encouraged to assign a staff member to start reading the blogs of the mental health advocates, the chronic pain & PTSD sufferers and of a great many individuals attempting to get adequate and EMPATHETIC care from their doctors and nurses.
Many too many health care professionals seem more afraid of black and white DEA retribution – due to the way in which the DEA enforces their policies, intended to lower drug abuse statistics, to undercut the effective treatment for a variety of disabilities and disorders – than they are of being called out for providing seriously substandard care to many in the mental health community. REGULARLY.
Inexcusable, of course, but professional cowardice is at least understandable on some level. What is NOT understandable is the rude and insensitive way in which many patients are treated by the doctors and nurses they look to and PÅY for help and understanding.
I see tales of lousy treatment on most of the blogs – and insensitive treatment on ALL of them.
I hope that everyone who has posted an article supporting this statement will leave a link in a comment — those will become the only Related Posts for this article.
Removing “plausible deniability”
Until the decision and policy makers become fully aware that WE are aware of what’s happening in the trenches as the result of the laws and policies they enact and enforce on the advice of biased lobbyists and favor-trading colleagues, change will NEVER happen.
Until hospital administrators become fully aware that WE are aware of what’s happening on their collective watches, they will continue to fail to step up and investigate thoroughly – and sanction where warranted.
With awareness of public scrutiny, they are more likely to enforce respectful, kind and knowledgeable standards of care as a better way to protect their reputations than current attempts at covering their behinds under some ultimately cruel and basically unethical “cone of silence.”
Health Care Workers get NO slack from me
I understand that health care providers are overworked and under-supported. BUT, at the end of the day, most of them get to go home healthy and whole.
Sufferers get no such break.
Don’t misunderstand me. I fully appreciate the many kind and considerate providers who put their patients first. Unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere and treat all patients who deserve their wonderful ministrations.
Since that IS the case, we can and *must* expect, at the very least, kind and considerate treatment from every single one of them.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
We must also hold them accountable when they do not follow DSM protocols, or when they refuse emergency appointments from their mentally ill patients — no matter WHO they are, or how well-placed.
We ALL need to be willing to speak up when we see something that needs changing, especially those in the trenches who have front row seats. We need you.
In order to be willing to put their own careers in jeopardy by speaking out, they need to KNOW that the rest of us have their backs and will support their actions — members of the PRESS particularly included.
ONE last thing
While I’m pointing out organizations that need a serious overhaul – the American Insurance Industry has been w-a-y outa’ hand for a long time now. Why has that not been addressed and rectified? Profit? “Business as usual?”
What’s life and quality of life worth these days? Take a close look at the actuarial tables.
And make sure you understand what the policies supposedly designed to “upgrade” protections for ALL, reading between the lines before you speak out in support of legislation that may be good enough for you, but lousy for others.
Cause and effect is not difficult to predict. Sooner than we know, ANY of us may become part of a class that is currently being – or is likely to be – thrown under the bus of Corporate Commercialism.
CHANGE begins and ends with public awareness and a willingness to step UP and sing out. I truly appreciate those who take the time to read and comment – and blog about these issues themselves — *and* we need to make our opinions known higher up.
TinkerToy thanks you for your actions too!
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