HELP! I am schizophrenic in need of a hospital not a jail. Save me.

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My sister, Tania Silva, is 21 years old, but she looks like she is 15 with only 5 ft 3 inches tall, and has the soul of a child; kind, helpful, and lovely.  She is currently locked up in a Del Valle Travis County Jail and is in dire need of support from the community and elected officials to get her out of jail and into a hospital.

She has struggled with mental illness for a number of years, and was doing really well, attending classes at ACC with dreams of becoming a veterinarian. All of that came to a halt when she was hit with a mental crisis that plunged her into a situation that she did not have to be in-- an innapropriate police response, leading to her incarceration with no medical care in a Travis County Jail cell.

We hope these charges will be dropped, but the most urgent thing is that she get medical care immediately.

Tania, was always the daughter and student to look up. When she was diagnosed with schizophrenia; it came suddenly with no warning signs, she didn't ask for it. In middle school she received an award for earning the highest grades out of her entire grade. she registered at the International High School, she attended school for only one week before the mental illness made its break out for the first time.

For nearly three months she was transferred from one hospital to another, hearing non-existent voices, living through visions, and suffering from insomnia. Truly believing that her saliva would cure all the illnesses of the world. Terrified, screaming of terror, wearing all of her clothes backwards. Thinking that she is a butterfly and attempting to jump from a second floor balcony.

It was not easy. However, with the help of her family, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), hospitals, her doctors, police officers, the Any Baby Can Program, all of her teachers, and friends she came out afloat.

She continued her studies but this time with double the effort and dedication. In order to give you an idea of her mental barriers, she was not able to subtract, add or to even read a whole paragraph.

At Lanier High School, in Austin, Texas, she enrolled in a special program where she was able to complete only two credits in a whole school year. Nonetheless with great effort she finished high school in the top 10% of her graduating class.

She now plans to be a veterinarian and is studying at Austin Community College. But the ghost of the schizophrenia is still there with her and will not go away. It can only be controlled with proper medication and access to medical care.

On July 17, 2018, she found herself lost. At 3:00 a.m. without the ability to sleep, she started walking the streets. She was not even able to use her phone to call for help. She spoke with a lady at 7:00 a.m. and asked for her for help to find her home. But she couldn't remember her street address. The lady called the police asking for help, but what Tania received instead was violence. A police officer abruptly grabbed a puppy that was on her hands, and due to the mental crisis she was suffering, they used violence and force against her.

They handcuffed her, and took her to jail while the only thing she asked for was help, a hospital, a home. She received the complete opposite.

She is currently in jail in Del Valle and in an ICE hold. She is without her medication. She has not seen a doctor. She needs access to a doctor to reassess her medication, because if it had been working effectively, she may have never been in this situation to begin with.

Please, could you help her?





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