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Farewell

By Erik Roskes

For the past four years or so, I have been a regular contributor to this space.  My goal has been to put forth issues along the interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems, where things can often be quite contentious. My goal has been to provoke thought, not anger; considered debate, not outraged reaction; reasoned discussion, not emotional arguments.

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After Newtown: Empathy for the ‘Monsters’ Among Us?

By Walter Rush

In the aftermath of the Newtown CT tragedy, we seem to be so busy trying to protect ourselves that we have forgotten about the people who are sick. Rather than trying to understand those among us who suffer from or will develop a mental illness, we are moving swiftly to take away rights.

We will achieve more if we can adopt an empathic and compassionate understanding of people with mental illness in order to help them and, in so doing, to help us all.

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Gun Violence and the 'Tincture of Time'

By Erik Roskes

In many cases, waiting is the most appropriate intervention.  While patients often view this as “doing nothing,” in fact it is a form of active observation that in many cases is the best initial option. At times, the illness is self-limited; in other cases, such as my relative’s earache, waiting is necessary to make the correct diagnosis. 

People, especially those who are suffering, often do not want to wait, to study, to think about what interventions should be implemented based on a full understanding of a problem. 

This is my response to the urgency in the wake of Newtown.

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