Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'If only they had treated him before', by Wayne Drash, CNN

"Amy Bruce lost her life trying to help her son receive treatment for his brain disease. How many more families must endure these horrible tragedies before we realize that assisted outpatient or court ordered treatment (AOT) is NOT the last resort. Suicide or homicide is!" 

By Wayne Drash, CNN
Video by Brandon Ancil, CNN.
Photographs by John Nowak, CNN

When Will Bruce killed his mother, he believed she was an al Qaeda agent. His father wrested hope from the tragedy -- by seeing that his son finally got treatment. After seven years in a psychiatric hospital, Will is taking his first steps toward freedom.

Thanks to Wayne Drash for sharing Joe Bruce’s tragedy with such compassion! Read the entire story here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/health/mental-illness-treatment/

1 comment:

  1. This story is absolutely heartbreaking. It would be so hard to know that your son killed your spouse. I don't know what I would do if that happened to me. I think people think that mental illness is something that people can get over or learn to manage. Sometimes people legitimately need treatment. I'm glad that Joe Bruce was able to get the treatment that he needed. http://psychologicalhealthcare.com.au