From Del. Mary-Dulany James:
I was initially hesitant to send out an email regarding the untimely death of Robin Williams, because, like mental illness, I thought my pain was singular. However, after reading so many touching stories and Facebook posts, I realized that this truly a collective pain, which is comforting. I often think about the suicides that have happened in my life and wish those who feel so alone and sad, knew and know that we are here for them and that they are not alone. I fondly remember this touching moment from the movie Patch Adams, and I want to remember him this way:
Because mental illness touches us all and receives too little attention, I have dedicated over the past 15 years in my work in the State Legislature to secure over 103 million dollars for Community Mental Health, Addictions, and Developmental Disabilities Facilities.
Our local offices have served 5,557 people through the public mental health system (2,245 children/adolescents and 3,312 adults.) There were 259 new people receiving public mental health services in FY13, a 4.8% increase (93 children/adolescents and 166 adults).
I am proud of my support of mental health and believe more needs to be done, so that more tragedies like this can be avoided.