America's Mental Health Crisis
August 27, 2014 3:33 AM Subscribe
Brave and afraid and heading down the longest road [Part 1/3]
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The cars made a wet rushing sound as they swept past him, close enough that he could feel their motion in the air. He was certain if he tried, he could reach out and touch them. Mike Bourne stretched out both arms, fingertips extended. He was walking in the middle of the busy street. The yellow line on the pavement told him where to go. He thought of it as the yellow brick road. It would take him somewhere, he knew, somewhere beautiful.Days of crisis, compassion, faith, and futility [Part 2/3]
Later that night, Mike called the police. “I don’t know if I should take my meds,” he told them. “Some of my friends have died.” He was sure the pills were dangerous. Take your pills, the dispatcher advised. The next morning, Mike was up early, and he was wearing his suit. It was never a good sign.
Desperately guarding a spark of hope [Part 3/3]
Later the same week, at the end of May, Peggy came home and found a waiting bouquet of carnations. She took it as a plea from Mike for forgiveness. She clung to the evidence of the good in him, but frustration and helplessness engulfed her. At night, she dreamed she was pulling all her hair out. She dreamed that doctors were removing part of Mike’s brain. She woke up breathless, in a panic.
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