Unfortunately, John is missing again, and could be in danger. He hasn’t been taking his medication, his thoughts have been extremely disordered, and now he’s disappeared and someone is making threatening calls to John’s mother using John’s cell phone. Please read and share the post in this link to help find John: Missing Man in Austin, TX May Be in Danger.
Many, many thanks to everyone who read and shared this post in hopes of bringing John home. Since he’s been found, I’ve removed all of the identifying information in order to protect the family’s privacy. Please send your good thoughts to John and his family while he continues his difficult journey toward feeling healthy and safe.
Also-this case is one of many that highlights why cuts in funding for mental health services are so dangerous. Many people are unable to receive the care that they need, no matter how much their families care and try to help. Fortunately, John was found and is in the hospital receiving treatment now, but this is not his first stay there, and unfortunately, it may not be his last unless he is able to receive adequate and comprehensive care-not just a quick “band-aid” fix of forced medication and a couple group therapy sessions before he’s discharged. We need to make quality mental health services accessible to EVERYONE. Please remember this when you’re choosing which candidates to support in upcoming elections; it’s especially important to pay attention to your local elections, and what those candidates stand for. Everyone starts somewhere, and hopefully we can start rebuilding these essential services from the ground up.
There are some services available, and people who can and want to help. If you or someone you love needs help, please visit NAMI for a list of links to support groups, services, and the number of a hotline you can call. If you feel like you might hurt yourself, PLEASE call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat with someone who cares.
Love to all of you… Have a safe and happy new year. ❤