Debra Fine, CEO Fineline Foundation appeared live on WGN TV Morning News June 27th to talk about the importance of mental illness treatment.
Following is a summary of Debra’s points.
For me now it is about creating an awareness of the need for early mental illness treatment, getting ahead of it, and identifying the people who need help.
Because of this incident, I am a changed person but mostly for the better. I was already on the path to managing non-profits. I feel stronger now about devoting myself to this.
I joined a board recently of a mental health foundation, Maple Center. They are able to get people help for $1 – $2, what people can afford.
It is true that many of these shooting incidents seem to be dealing with mental illness.
I am on both sides. With the Fineline Foundation I am providing information and resources to people
On the board of the Maple Foundation, I am involved in working directly on projects like getting kids out of Watts in LA.
What I am concerned about now is a witch hunt for schizophrenics.
There is an over-reaction to assuming most schizophrenics are dangerous.
Parents are often in denial.
With my own son, 5-10 years ago, we noticed impulse control, anger issues. We got him help early on so that he can lead a normal life.
But if you don’t get in early to change the circuitry in the brain, there is not much you can do.
Parents need help.
Below is the Debra Fine interview on WGN TV:
Source: WGN TV Chicago