Gun violence and mental health

To the editor:

This is addressed to those who believe that we don’t have a gun problem, but a mental health problem.

My question to you is: What do you propose to deal with this mental health problem and what specifically are you doing to help? While you prepare your answer, let me share some facts with you.

If you live in the Copper Country, aren’t on Medicaid, and need to see a psychiatrist, you’re fresh out of luck.

Copper Country Mental Health Services has psychiatrists, but only Medicaid patients can see them. If you call Copper Country Mental Health asking to see a psychiatrist, they will suggest that you contact our legislature and request more funding for them.

Great Lakes Family Health Center in Hancock has funding for a psychiatrist, but they can’t find one. They will make an appointment for you to have a video conference with a Lansing psychiatrist, but…that position, too, is currently open, and it could be four months before you actually get your appointment even after the position is filled.

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital does not have a psychiatrist and does not offer mental health services.

Now let me repeat my question: If we don’t have a gun problem, but a mental health problem, what do you propose to solve this problem and what are you personally contributing to make this happen?