Repairing & Rebuilding & Protecting
by Marie D Corbin, Executive Director & Editor
Dear Mindset Journal,
I would like to honor "Int'l Survivors of Suicide Loss Day" happening on November 20, 2021, so we are dedicating this issue to the remembering of so many we have lost and are losing to suicide during these unprecedented and shifting of times. Repairing, rebuilding, and protecting are issues describing our theme in this Fall/Winter Issue. Like in your case, journal, so many people are finding themselves in a mental health crisis with law enforcement at the other end and too often people are feeling lost and dying by the millions in our broken and fragile mental health system that I find is riddled with standard of care issues for the most vulnerable populations, communities of color.
For example, EMT and Law enforcement (in my daughters case) failed to act quick enough to render immediate medical care but chose instead to "secure the scene" leaving many helpless and unable to reverse the "crisis” they find themselves in. Her physical body was dying as the anti-epileptic medications she swallowed in a “crisis moment” produced a toxicity in her bloodstream requiring medical intervention immediately! Bulk medications toxin build up called (blood toxicity) quickly occurs with little time to spare. Having the proper crisis team initially on the scene, is crucial and literally is the difference between life and death.
In my opinion too often, people with mental illness coupled with chronic ailments do not receive mental health response promptly when experiencing a mental health crisis. Instead, people in crisis often encounter law enforcement rather than a mental health professional when needed most and although there is more sensitivity training being provide to the first responders, mental health crisis teams are being demanded in all counties were other 1st responders services are being provided. People in crisis deserve a timely, properly assessed, standard of care specifically for those in a mental health crisis. Until next time journal...End of Entry.
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by Marie D Corbin, APRN (Ret), Executive Director
Expression is a window to your soul - Marie Corbin.