Today is October 10th. Do you know what that means. It means that the entire world is coming together to call out stigma against people living with mental illness, advocate for the removal of barriers to treatment, reject housing and job discrimination against people with mental illness, and celebrate the everyday accomplishments of people living with severe mental illness!
I bet a lot of people will say that people with mental illness should be expected to work, but will then, when asked, say that they themselves would not hire a person with mental illness.
Like Blacks and people with disabilities, people with moderate-to-severe mental illness have to work twice as hard as everyone to accomplish the same as everyone else or less.
Why so many homeless? Do you really expect someone who is actively hallucinating to be able to direct themselves to a homeless shelter and abide by the rules.
Even for people who have a severe mental illness who are medication and treatment compliant, the medications are so sedating, that very few of these people could possible work more than a few hours a week at most.
And yet today, one has to work at least 70 hours a week on average to be able to support themselves without any government help.
So as we cut back on affordable housing. We force homeless people in shelters to abide not just by common sense rules, like silence during sleeping and no violence or drugs in the building, we also make them say prayers, convert to christianity, eat the bible, stay completely sober, and go to AA.
We continue to close down psychiatric hospitals and replace them with prisons, putting someone who urinated in public one time and has no other criminal history in the same building as someone who killed 5 people or raped 3 kids. (What a great influence????…)
We try to slash medicaid and social security disability. We refuse to create sheltered workshops that pay at least minimum wage or more.
And yet, we continue to say that people who rely on heavily sedating medication just to stay sane and who clearly cannot realistically work at the same pace as required by our economy are nothing but lazy mooches who need to really do some deep down self-work.
We tell people on a cocktail of seroquel, paxil, wellbutrin, Lithium, and so fourth to:
- get over it.
- stop complaining.
- work harder.
- get a full-time (read up to 70 hours a week sometimes) job.
- stay sober.
- stop smoking.
- lose weight (although it’s practically impossible to gain weight on food stamps since they pay so little),
- think positive, tell yourself that where you are is the result of your own decisions (like someone really decides to have a mental illness).
- Take absolute responsibility for themselves (even Trump can’t be 100% on steroids, so how do you expect someone on seroquel to be 100% responsible for everything that happens in their lives?)
- and just go out and be normal, completely self-reliant, and just be like everyone else.
- And don’t use food stamps, stay away from medicaid, don’t use subsidized housing, quit social security disability / ssi, and don’t rely on any other government programs.
Trump irresponsibly exposed himself to COVID, got sick, took medication that was sedating and caused other mind-altering side effects, and began behaving irrationally. If he isn’t responsible for getting COVID and he can’t regulate himself on heavy medications, then how can we expect different from a homeless person who did NOT choose to ‘expose’ themselves to mental illness?
Meditation and a healthy diet are essential for mental health, but are you really going to start getting nasty with someone because they slipped in a hamburger one day. Come, on. I’m sure you have some faults, two.
Unless you are perfect, faultless and infallible, please be careful about judging mentally ill homeless people on the streets. Sit in judgement only of yourself, and, if you believe in God, leave the judging of others to Him.
Trump relied on government healthcare because he was sick and needed treatment. So what’s wrong with relying on government healthcare when you’re really sick?
At least mentally ill people aren’t contagious.