Mental Health Reform in West Virginia

Senseless killings, like those seen in Blacksburg, VA on the campus of VT last week should finally be a wake up call to a huge issue plaguing not just Virginia, but the United States as a whole. Ever since a time called "deinstitutionalization" in the 1980\'s, the mentally ill have been kicked out on the street with no help. Subsequently, they created their own major social class: The Homeless. Homelessness in America is now beyond belief. The percentage of homeless that are mentally ill is mind blowing. It\'s not just about the homeless though. According to a recent psychiatric study nearly 30% of Americans nead mental health care, but only 1/3 of those people actually recieve it. The bottom line is, between the homeless on the streets and the students who have lost touch with reality, something must be done. The Legislature needs to do something. We can\'t afford not to. Please sign this petition in support of mental health reform in West Virginia, including revised commitment statutes, advanced firearm screening, and evaluating and overhauling clinical care. Thank you. God Bless.


My name is Joe Kinser. I\'m a student at Marshall University. I have long supported mental health reform, as it is a massive problem in this country that everyone looks away from. In light of recent tragedy, I hope that America can see what\'s wrong and start on the path to fixing it. Possibly some good could come out of an evidently avoidable catastrophe.



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