Recently the beautiful scenic, South Okanagan Valley, now tarnished by, David Wesley Bobbitt. Mr. Bobbitt, age 35, is in custody, but his offences are nightmarish to the peaceful area. With the community outrage many are actively signing a petition to seek maximum sentence.
I heard people murmur sentiments like; “You have to have something wrong with your head to do things like that.” or ” I hope he gets lock away for a long time.”
If the public wants to have a serious intervention in crimes with these violent nature, then they need to be adding their personal voice to the issues of mental health. Any unstable mind, left untreated, or unattended to is a very explosive bomb of self harm or harm to others waiting to happen. What is the bully issue? Violence in the home, usually the first issue. Family violence leads to the number of mental health issues, that left untreated COULD lead to later violent crimes. Spousal abuse –
One guy made this statement to me, “ What guy in his right mind would beat a woman?”
Exactly, abuse, aggression and violent acts of any kind are the product of an unstable mind. A mind that requires help, medical attention and professional supervision, without this help that unstable mind over the years, COULD develop into a major violent crime. I’m sure the advocates for Mental Health will be all over me for voicing my concern and opinion.
I have a daughter who’s diagnosed schizophrenia. I watch the reaction of emotions that displays on someone face, when they learn of her illness,but I also know that education and understanding is the only way to combat fear. The other factor in fighting fear are strong preventative laws and polices. Yes my daughter is of that 3% of the population of mentally illness that have a violent component. Do I think she is capable of violence to herself or others ? I have no doubt that if she was unstable, she will harm herself. Do I believe that she could harm another? NO, but if she wasn’t taking her medications, and was suffering under an altered perception of reality, that was all consuming and totally real to her. I truly don’t know, how she would react to any situation. This is my fear and every other parent’s fear out there, that has a child suffering from a major mental illness.
You can’t imagine what it is like living with this fear, fighting for laws, and polices to change ,ONLY to prevent tragic events from happening. At every turn, you fight, the very people, who are there to help you.
All the professionals, advocate, government agencies, and social service organizations, will not support the idea; of mandatory mental health assessment for any act of aggression, preventative mental health policies, nor do they allow any 72 hr evaluations holds in the emergency room,when one is brought in by loved one or police, without a psychiatric doctor’s sign off. These are all preventative measures to protect the public from an unstable mind, that might cause danger to themselves and others.
Canada has great laws, after the fact laws! Or tragically after someone’s life has been harmed.
Mr. Bobbitt, will face his court day. The people will seek maximum sentence. But does it really protect the public? He will get out of jail in 8-10 years. Will he have received help for his unstable mind? Will he been in some kind of treatment therapy for his violent nature? Are there LAWS or POLICIES that are held accountable to these issues. Our perception of serene and peaceful place to live – Is now in serious question.