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Beverly Frost 
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Re: “Election Got You Down? How About Some Porch Berries?

Go Sam go. My one vote might have won you your first election. Hope you win by a wider margin this year.

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Posted by Beverly Frost on 11/04/2016 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

One more tragic reminder that mental health care in Vermont is seriously lacking. Darhsana clearly needed help and those who should have helped her blew her off. Confidentiality laws make it nearly impossible for friends and parents to assist a mentally ill person even when that person realizes they need help. Unfortunately the sicker one gets, the less able they are to seek help or agree to it. A vocal segment of advocates for the mentally ill have done a great disservice opposing mental hospitals and medication. Now we have far too few skilled hospital beds and people in crisis seem to be evaluated by poorly skilled personnel. Certainly the man who killed 5 teens was reportedly only seen by a PA. I wonder if Darhsana was actually seen by a well qualified psychiatrist before she went to Assist? For someone who was out of control and stopping medication or substances risk of breakdown was even worse. All patents in crisis should be able to get an immediate screening by a psychiatrist and be transferred to a hospital psychiatric bed. If a person's behavior seems to warrant it they need to sign a 48 hour hold at the time they first ask for help as they will be more receptive to signing at that point. They could always be discharged sooner if a competent MD decided they didn't need the help. Until we have an adequate number of psychiatric beds and psychiatrists we are going to continue to have ruined lives and deaths. Sadly I fear the only thing that will bring about change will be huge lawsuits.

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Posted by Beverly Frost on 10/26/2016 at 9:44 PM

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