The mentally ill have been warning us for years

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re “Lessons about mental health care from Sandy Hook” (Viewpoints, Dec. 14): The unfortunate irony of Dr. Gary Tsai's excellent commentary is that we have not learned from Sandy Hook, nor apparently any other tragedy that has occurred before or after the Newtown massacre that left 28 people dead. Our failure to learn has been so complete that it compelled the leadership in our government to write legislation that will, hopefully, lead us to do what we already know should be done. In no other area of medicine do we wait until calamity occurs before we act. In virtually no other area of our lives do we wait for disaster to occur before we take action. When the tsunami warnings sound, do we wait until the waves have toppled over us before we seek safety? For the mentally ill, the warnings have been sounding for decades. They are now deafening.

-- Jeffery L. Hayden, Ph.D., Camarillo

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