Change Virginia's Mental Health System
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In Virginia, unless it is your minor child or your spouse, there are few options to having someone with mental health issues committed. If they aren't an immediate danger to others or do not go voluntarily they aren't committed. This petition is to bring about change to the healthcare system. I recently lost my sister to suicide n May 30, 2017. She was always in and out of mental facilities. From her own words she said all you have to do is smile and tell them you are okay and you can get released within a week or two. This is how so many people falls through the cracks. In Virginia alone suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34. One person in Virginia dies from suicide every 8 hours. These facts are alarming. Let's make a change. Let's have it where someone who is suffering from suicidal thoughts not be able to get out so easily on their own. I propose that if someone is consistently in and out of mental health hospitals that a competent person has to sign them out of the facility. Let's save a life!!!!
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