Jail instead of Mental Healthcare

So as a followup to an earlier post courtesy of Himalee Abeya, I needed to talk about this case happening in Florida. Yes surprise, surprise some more craziness from the Sunshine State. Click on the link below for the background info.

Woman Arrested in Beached Minivan Case.

So this pregnant woman, a victim of domestic violence which speaking from personal experience is traumatic in and of itself, who attempted to take her own life in addition to her children is now sitting in a jail cell still not receiving the mental healthcare she obviously and desperately needs.  What is more they arrested her at the mental healthcare facility.

The article I linked to above says that she had no history of mental illness. In a country that still has such stigma attached to mental health issues and coming from a culture/community that is not prone to openly discussing mental health issues, that isn’t surprising. However her family had attempted to get her help but unfortunately she wasn’t Baker-acted before the incident which now has her potentially looking at spending the rest of her natural life behind bars.

So what do you think?

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