But just a few minutes ago I finally, after 2 fulls days, got a call back from the Psychiatrist I was hoping to see.
"The doctor will be able to see you in 6 to 8 weeks for an initial consultation.. "
My reply? "HA! I don't think so." *click*
This SeattlePI story directly concerns University mental health services in Washington state, but it's my experience that the locale is fairly irrelevant.
Gee, I wonder where the funds to make this stuff readily available to those who need it are hiding?
Counseling centers reach out to college students
Early intervention can help head off crisis
By CHRISTINE FREY
A Seattle Pacific University official e-mailed the campus counseling center this week about a student whose depression was made worse by the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech.
Steven Maybell, the center's director, intended to make sure that the student was seen that day. "That's good," he said.
SPU is setting priorities for cases related to this week's shooting, which may have affected students' sense of safety or triggered concerns about some event from their past. But the counseling center, like most, is already a busy place.
In recent years, local universities have seen a spike in the number of students seeking counseling or medication for such mental-health problems as depression. They've been struggling to meet the growing demand, with students sometimes having to wait days for an appointment or seek help off campus.
The shooter in Monday's mass killings in Virginia reportedly had a history of depression and other mental-health problems. Although improved access to mental health services wouldn't guarantee an end to such events, it would minimize the risk, Maybell said.
"This is, to me, the extreme consequence of that situation," he said of the shootings.
[No Waiting . . . ]
While I can certainly - and UNEQUIVOCALLY :-) - assure y'all I ain't no such kinda threat what-so-ever, no matter how maudlin I may sometimes be, that last line is precisely the kind of evidence of neglect the Joneses of our society, you know, the ones we're all supposed to be keepin' up with, have got to hold to their own hearts and consciences.
Where lack of awareness of a need is no longer a viable excuse for not meeting it, culpability for horrifying consequences belongs to all who allow those needs to remain unmet.
In the past we lacked knowledge, so throwin' money at health issues of any type was truly less than rational. Today, though we've certainly far more to learn about mental health issues in particular, there is no such excuse for not funding such programs adequately.
If nothing else, mayhaps the incredibly insane acts of Mr Cho will finally get PEOPLE motivated to pressure our "leaders" into straightenin' out their fiscal priorities.
I ain't really countin' on it right yet though . . .