What Virginia needs now is more mental patients. You think?

Some people in politics in the state of Virginia don’t have a lick of sense.  Case in point…

Last summer, Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, invited educators, guidance counselors, school nurses and parents to a meeting to talk about his idea to begin screening all public school children for signs of mental illness.

The story in The Daily Progress bears the heading, Virginia to study benefits of mental health screening for school children.

I would imagine he has read the usual propaganda, and that’s why he wants to bust more school children for “mental illness”. Should a person read this propaganda, they will learn, for instance, that 1 in 4 people have a diagnosable “mental illness”. I suspect the industry is over extending itself a little here in the interests of drumming up more business. Busting 1 in 4 human beings for “mental illness” strikes me as overkill. Busting 1 in 4 children? I hold my tongue.

With too many unanswered questions, Yost said he decided to scale back his grand plan to one that could gain approval in the General Assembly. The result is that the state will study the benefits of offering voluntary mental health screenings in public elementary schools.

You’re much closer to 1 in 4 if you have mandatory screenings, ditto totalitarian governments, but voluntary screenings are going to up the “mental illness” labeling rate much more than the no screenings you have at present. Personally, I like no screenings. I don’t see why anybody in their right, or wrong mind for that matter, would want an increase the number of mental patients in the state, country, world, etc.

All the same, what “benefits of offering voluntary mental health screenings”? More people in butterfly nets?

Children with untreated mental illnesses are at risk of doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide.

Uh, let me remind you, children without “mental illnesses” are at risk of doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide. Life, as the saying goes, happens, or not, as the case may be. Labeling kids and drugging them has not been shown to be a particularly effective deterrent to any one of the behaviors he mentions.

The question that hasn’t been asked, and that should be asked is, does labeling and drugging children stop them from “doing poorly in school, running afoul of the criminal justice system, abusing drugs and attempting and committing suicide”? Or does it, in fact, contribute to this sort of destructive misbehavior.

Let me enlighten you, if you haven’t got a clue, the “mental illness” rate has been soaring for years. Somebody said something about, theoretically biologically, 1/4 of the population of the United States having actually caught the “bug”. Er, and this only means, that the experts would label and drug 1/4 of the population. Why else give the public such mental health screening tests!?

Well, there are more college graduates than ever before in this country. Oddly enough, just as in the mental health centers, 1 in 4 Americans are now expected to graduate from college. Unfortunately, in the fields of entertainment, where college was never essential, and politics, we can see the sad results of this focus on education. I’ve only scratched the surface of the problem here, by the way, all you have to do is consider all the irrelevant and useless, not to mention ridiculous, research projects undertaken at all sorts of universities, and funded by the public, to get the idea that something is off kilter.

The same can be said for federal penitentiary inmates. 1 % of the population of the USA is presently behind bars. This is a much larger percentage than exists in most other countries. Now whether psychiatric labels, and psychiatric drugs, keep people out of criminal justice establishments is another matter. One thing, for sure, is that they don’t keep people out of “mental health” clinics, and that sort of thing.

As for suicide, the suicide rate long ago surpassed that of murder, and I’m not at all sure that increasing the murder  rate proportionally would represent a proper antidote.

If anybody needs their head examined, we know where those bodies are. Perhaps a better idea would be to screen political candidates for “mental illness”. Even better, elected officials. Everybody agrees, there is a heck of a lot of “mental disorder” on Capitol Hill. Bust politicians for “mental illness”, and it would probably mean changing our perspective across the board regarding such inferred debility. Further, keep the public out of it. They don’t need any more “mental illness” than they’ve presently got.

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