The 12 Days of Christmas Mourning by Jennifer V.R. Tirkot

Dedicated to all the parents and caregivers everywhere who have been subjected to this injustice and neglect of their loved ones. They were left abandoned and had to learn to care and fight for their beloved ones on their own.

12 Days of Christmas Mourning

A Prayer for all of our children who have suffered with a serious brain illness. Please continue to fight for brain illness awareness.  Our children are either neglected by the mental health care system, incarcerated, homeless, missing or deceased. May you keep us and our children in your prayers throughout The Twelve Days of Christmas! #BRAINILLNESS

75% of people with mental illness feel ashamed about their mental illness
Treatment Advocacy Center… People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians approached or stopped by law enforcement, according to a new study released today by the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Numbering fewer than 1 in 50 U.S. adults, individuals with untreated severe mental illness are involved in at least 1 in 4 and as many as half of all fatal police shootings, the study reports. Because of this prevalence, reducing encounters between on-duty law enforcement and individuals with the most severe psychiatric diseases may represent the single most immediate, practical strategy for reducing fatal police shootings in the United States, the authors conclude.

“By dismantling the mental illness treatment system, we have turned mental health crisis from a medical issue into a police matter,” said John Snook, executive director and a co-author of the study. “This is patently unfair, illogical and is proving harmful both to the individual in desperate need of care and the officer who is forced to respond.”