There are a lot of hazards mentally ill people face in any country.
Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece, in a refugee camp, and emigrated to the U.S. as a small child. He was thoroughly Americanized, as America was the only place he lived since childhood. He was also mentally ill.
He took some power tools from a neighbor's garage, something that is normally a crime but not a major offense. The police realized he probably wouldn't be able to afford a lawyer, plus he was mentally ill, so they charged him with home invasion, a much more serious crime, but one that is different from what he did. It is very common for police in the United States to exaggerate criminal charges, but only when they are dealing with vulnerable individuals.
He acted as his own lawyer, was convicted, went to prison, and eventually the conviction was overturned.
So the conviction was taken care of, but he was still a mentally ill person who could not afford a lawyer. He was the sort of person police like to target, for the simple reason that he was mentally ill, easy to target. Worse, he also had diabetes.
Federal police arranged for him to be deported to the country his parents were born in, a country he had never lived in, nor even visited, Iraq.
He died shortly after U.S. federal police sent him to Iraq.
General Mental Health Tips not widely reported in the mainstream.
This isn't meant as medical advice, just examples from my own experience. By continuing to read this page you certify that you agree this is not being presented as medical advice, but is only opinions.
1) Minerals are important.
Potassium, magnesium and lithium are the three minerals most likely to have an effect on mental health for most people.
These three minerals increase the ability to manage stress.
Potassium is countered by sodium, so people who eat a lot of meat and processed foods may be low on potassium.
Magnesium is countered by calcium. Because the dairy industry has had a strong influence on nutritional guidelines there is an unhealthy promotion of calcium at the expense of magnesium. You can put a spoonful of Epsom salt in a glass of water, if it tastes bitter your magnesium level is probably okay. If it tastes sweet you may be low on magnesium.
Lithium is a nutrient that is best absorbed through the skin. The body has many circulatory pathways, including the blood system, the lymph system etc. Taking lithium as a food, by mouth, is unhealthy and often leads to toxicity, but absorbing it through the skin by soaking in water with lithium is not toxic.
Lithium is often not considered a nutrient because it's specific mechanisms of action have not been adequately identified, but the fact that it cures numerous behavioral pathologies is strong evidence that lithium deficiency is an illness and it has some minimum healthy level. Lithium is also neuroprotective against various dangers to the brain itself.
Lithium taken by mouth has a very slight effect, and the difference between a useful dose and a toxic dose is very small.
Lithium absorbed through the skin has an immediate, and very noticeable, effect. The therapeutic range in the dosage absorbed through the skin is very wide, a small amount has a noticeable calming effect, a large amount can be almost as powerful as a major sedative, but even a very high dosage does not produce symptoms of toxicity.
Lithium is the 3rd element on the periodic table, after hydrogen and helium, and the 32nd most abundant element in the earth's crust. Humans have been exposed to lithium in substantial amounts from the beginning of the species.
Here is an article from somebody with a different viewpoint, but notice that person was taking oral lithium, which is toxic. Humans have developed a strong disgust for the taste of lithium for a reason, and also have developed an affinity for bathing in water that contains high levels of lithium, for a reason.
It is very widely known that oral lithium is toxic, and it is also very widely known that lithium absorbed through the skin is therapeutic. There are many people around the world who look for lithium hot springs to bathe in, and even some who have bottled spring water with lithium, which is different than consuming a gram of a lithium salt in capsules or pills.
So, if oral lithium is widely known to be toxic, and lithium absorbed through the skin is widely known to be therapeutic, why would the medical industry encourage the less beneficial, more harmful option?
In other words why do psydocs not even mention lithium bath salts, which do not require a prescription?
It's one of those mysteries.
Nutritional minerals vs medicinal salts.
As a general rule there is never a 'single substance' that is healthy. In other words if you find a substance that promotes 'health' it is usually part of a chemical ecosystem and you should not ignore associated chemicals.
For example, as noted above, Potassium is 'healthy', but related to sodium. If you were to try to go too far by promoting potassium at the expense of sodium, then sodium would become 'healthy'.
Likewise magnesium and calcium. In mental health issues in industrialized societies it has usually been 'lack of magnesium' that causes problems, but if you solve that by only watching magnesium then the disease flips.
Each 'dualistic' substance is part of minerals that humans have consumed for thousands of years. Magnesium is common in minerals like dolomite, in proportion with calcium, that prevents a problem of imbalance. Likewise potassium is common in many compounds and substances, including vegetation, fruits etc, in which it is balanced with other chemicals or elements. Lithium can be deduced to be part of a mineral, with a corresponding second element or ecosystem of elements, that humans have been exposed to for a long time.
When the minerals available in a person's diet have varied considerably from what their system estimated would be available, in other words when the body tries to develop anticipating the availability of the composite elements of some mineral, but that mineral is not available, not consumed, then the body requires a salt that contains half, or part, of the missing chemical ecosystem.
For example, if your body was led to believe, through the history of your genetic development, that dolomite would be available, then it will create a use for dolomite's elements in the correct proportion. If suddenly the ratio of magnesium to calcium drops precipitously due to the sudden elimination of dolomite from the diet, or due to the sudden introduction of calcium / dairy to the diet, then a solitary substance has to be used to replace the missing element, and salts are generally a healthy way to add a solitary substance.
In the case of potassium and magnesium, they have easy salts, like potassium chloride and magnesium sulfate, epsom salt, that humans are used to assimilating, they have existed as available chemicals in the environment for a long time.
Lithium is more complicated though.
2) Do not be too quick to trust people who are paid to help you.
This is a no brainer but a mistake many people make. If somebody is helping you because it is their job you should be extremely cautious. Their 'help' may actually be helpful, but often it is not.
Doctors make a lot of money 'managing' mentally ill people, and they almost universally will do whatever their professional governing body says is the thing to do. Most psychiatric treatments historically have been discredited within a few generations, aside from nutritional treatment. In the United States about 40,000 people were lobotomized, until that 'treatment' was discredited.
The top three motives of psydocs are a) get paid, b) avoid lawsuits and c) pretend to be acting in the interests of the client. But 90%+ of psydocs are simply pill mills. The motto is "maximum pills for minimum lawsuits".
Law enforcers are one of the most serious threats to the mentally ill.
Hundreds of mentally ill people are shot by police each year, many of them killed, most of them not because they posed any threat but simply because the law enforcer saw it as an opportunity to use force. Likewise many tens of thousands of mentally ill people are assaulted each year by law enforcers, most of them without cause, and rapes of mentally ill women, usually homeless, by law enforcers is common in some areas.
There is not some special training that doctors, law enforcers and other predators lack, rather it is simply that the construct of 'mental illness' provides a framework for them to profit professionally and vent their own aggressions. They have "a job" which requires "a role" which they try to play, regardless what common sense might suggest they should do in a particular situation.
3) Avoid being crowded.
An alternate paradigm for non organic mental illness is the 'original thinking' paradigm. In other words some 'mental illness' is actually just the reorganizing of various world views in such a way that one's experiences are explained more accurately or comfortably. If a person does not have space to reorganize then they become a sort of dumping ground for the failed parts of other 'non mentally ill' peoples' world views.
The common reaction to perceived mental illness in melting pot societies is to forcefully 'capture' the 'mentally ill' person and then use force to restore them to mainstream world views.
Where this process is not used, the 'mentally ill' individual almost always re orders their thinking in an improved way eventually. The mind has developed, over countless generations, various tools to reorder itself, but unfortunately modern society is not a place where it can be done. The melting pot is built around the concept of a 'superior' and 'inferior', and any individual who can be placed in the 'inferior' category empowers those who can maintain their status in the 'superior' category.
In most cases, with most people, when there are not organic issues like brain damage involved, acute psychiatric problems will resolve in under two weeks regardless whether a person is medicated or unmedicated, hospitalized or unhospitalized, etc.
Most 'management medication' of mental illness is not actually managing but suppressing. It's like using novacain to treat all pains. Novacain does a good job on some pain but it's usually wise to examine a little further.
Unfortunately, mentally ill people in industrialized societies are not well tolerated, and if a person is interested in mental health they must look for space away from that environment. Predatory policing may make that difficult in some places but a person should make some effort to find a healthy space.