National Alliance on Mental Illness
Texas ranks near the bottom in regards to spending per mental health patient.
Mental health advocates like Dana Beard say cases like Eddie Routh’s are signs of a flawed health care system. Despite his family’s efforts to have him treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from duty in Iraq, there are no laws allowing family members to have relatives committed.
North Texas folk song writer and musician Heather McCeady has been hospitalized twice with manic depression. Two of her relatives suffering the same condition committed suicide. McCready now adds ‘Mental Health Advocate’ to her list of titles.
Friends of Adam Lanza’s mother say she was frustrated by a lack of support for families dealing with mental illn