Better care in crisis for mental health and substance abuse
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The mental health care in the state of Delaware is failing the patients. Patients are getting worse, medications are being thrown but no one is looking at the real issue. I know first hand the conditions of mental health care facilities as well as the issues that nurses like myself face with caring with these delicate patients. The resources and training is not provided to both health care workers and patients alike. This touches on the issue of violence as well. If we treated the people, we wouldn't have mass episodes of violence occurring so frequently. Patients are being treated as a number not a person. Facilities fool the state's audits when they come around acting as though a real program is going on. I have numerous friends and family members who are suffering but have no one to go to, if you're not actively sucidal you don't need immediate help according to many places. Patients are being threatened for practicing their rights. We all know someone suffering from mental health whether it be a mother, father, friend or cousin. I would like to see Delaware's leaders start enforcing stricter rules on mental health care, offering courses on how to better understand what these individals are going through, and mandatory CEU's focusing not only on substance abuse but mental health care equally for professionals.
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