No beds, no help
It is tragic that it has taken so many heart-rending incidents this year to call out the deficiencies in the way the country deals with mental health as a serious medical condition. The most recent involving Senator Creigh Deeds' son is a prime example, if what is reported turns out to be true. The lack of hospital beds for acute mental illness conditions and the scant funding available for treatment is a travesty. It seems society still assigns a stigma to those diagnosed with this disease, which is the biggest obstacle to changing opinion and public policy about the need to solve the problem.