MENTAL HEALTH BILL 3
It is clear that the mental health bill has some advantages andsome disadvantages as well. Research has shown that there have beennumerous shootings across the United States, and there has been anargument that the mentally ill are responsible for the shootings(Lemmer & Smits, 2015). The first disadvantage of the mentalhealth bill is that it escalates the level of the stigma of thementally ill people. The bill seeks to conduct mental screening forall students across the country in a bid to find out the ones withmental problems and those who are likely to cause a threat to theother students (Miller, 2014). The identification of the mentally illwill create an extremely high level of stigma. It is also essentialto note that the screening process will scare away the alreadymentally ill who might be avoiding the stigma. As a result, thementally ill will even avoid treatment, and this may lead to moreharm and damage. Secondly, it would be impossible for the governmentto provide sufficient psychologists and psychiatrists who can handlethe numerous cases of mental illnesses across the country.
Another aspect of the bill that seems disadvantageous is how thestate will cater for the payments of the various psychiatrists andpsychologists who will be hired. It is essential to note thatcurrently, numerous mentally ill people cannot access medicalattention, especially in the rural areas. Another con of the bill isthe coerced treatment aspect where the screened students are supposedto be subjected to treatment (Miller, 2014). It is vital to note thatevery patient should give consent, either written or verbal for hisor her treatment. This bill would not be supported by human rightsactivists who would argue that the right to privacy is beinginfringed. Parents who have mentally ill students might also notsupport the bill owing to their children’s privacy.
Miller, J. (2014). EYE ON GOVERNMENT: Pros, cons in proposedmental-health-screening bill. Retrieved from:http://www.fltimes.com/opinion/jim_miller/eye-on-government- pros-cons-in-proposed-mental-health-screening/article_08a544f8-9270-11e3-9c83- 001a4bcf887a.html
Lemmer, B., & Smits, M. (2015). Facilitating change inmental health. London: Chapman and Hall