Dear Emergency Room: People With Mental Illnesses Are Real Patients, Too

Editor’s note: The following is based on an individual’s experience, and does not reflect every emergency room or every emergency room staff member. But, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, two out of five people going to the emergency room for a psychiatric emergency rated their experience as “Bad” or “Very Bad” — and we believe this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Dear Emergency Room:

I am writing to inform you that people with mental illnesses are tired and angry. We are tired of entering your doors with urgent needs only to be often passed off as faking, attention-seeking or nuisances. We are tired of your changed attitude toward us once our chart arrives.

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