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NAMI there to help


To the editor:

Did anyone else see the recent “60 Minutes” story about the suicide of Gus Deeds? Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was told there was “no psychiatric bed available” to treat his son, even though doctors treating him were aware of Gus’s serious mental illness. The next day Gus Deeds nearly killed his father, and then killed himself. Sen. Deeds’ call for help went unanswered.March 19 letters to the editor

It’s not news to most people that mental health care systems all over this country are broken. It is news to most people that there is a national organization called NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by serious mental health conditions.

NAMI Yamhill County is just one of more than 1,100 affiliates. I am the local president and we are here to advocate, educate and support individuals, families and friends.

NAMI Yamhill County has family support group meetings and general meetings every month, as well as resources for individuals being treated for mental health conditions. I take calls all the time from people looking for information and assistance; my number is 1-503-434-6350. Let’s do everything we can to make mental health care here be a model that works.

Rob Schulman, McMinnville



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