Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mental illness and prisons don't mix!

As messages continue to flood into the HFP office, I am especially troubled by cases involving mental illness.

_____, (age 15!) called today and let me know he got a ticket and will probably be in the hole for 30 days, because he was hittin' the door to see when his school was. Now he can't have any calls or visits.

_____,(age 17) has gone into a spiral and become manic. He had cut himself on purpose, has other injuries, and may need hospitalization. He is suicidal at times.

_____,(age 23) was finally placed on meds, and I have never seen him more healthy looking and hopeful in the past 20 days. Yesterday I was informed that the prison doctor is cutting off all meds! He believes my son just has an anti-personality disorder and no pill can help him. I am willing to pay for the treatment myself if this is about money with the DOC.

Unless you have had similar experiences, you cannot imagine the pain suffered by these family members!

Please pray for them.

And, as you think about year-end giving, please remember HFP with your prayers and financial support, so that we can become a stronger force in helping mentally ill prisoners and their families.

Thank you!

Doug Tjapkes, President
P.O. Box 687
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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