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A subtle difference does exist between the two, but they have more similarities than differences. They still are both racist.
Here is an article illustrating all that is wrong with our LIE-beral dominated mental health system. With some comments of my own in brackets):
Death of woman slain by mom an indictment of mental health system.
By Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal. Published: February 28, 2018. Updated:
February 28, 2018 10:17 PM EST
Filed Under: Toronto SUN/ News/ Canada
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What a grotesque indictment of our broken, dysfunctional mental health care system. “What happened was a tragedy. More than that, it was a catastrophe.”
That’s how Justice Wayne Renke on Wednesday described the death of Rachael Longridge, 21, who was killed by her mother, Christine Longridge, on Dec. 23, 2016.
There was never any doubt that Christine Longridge stabbed her daughter, a young nurse. Her son, Michael, then 18, actually arrived home to witness his mother doing her best to chop off his sister’s head with a cleaver.
Instead, we should ask why Rachael Longridge died — and why more wasn’t done to save her.
Renke found Christine Longridge not criminally responsible. “She knew what she was doing and she intended to do what she did,” said Renke.
But the judge found “beyond the shadow of a doubt” that she was incapable of understanding that what she was doing was morally wrong.
“”She believed she had the moral authority to kill,” Renke told the courtroom, his voice breaking as Rachael Longridge’s friends and family sobbed.
“Her delirium tore her from rational understanding.”
Rachael Longridge 21, was Edmonton’s 41st homicide victim of 2016. Her friend Danielle Bourque said Longridge was inherently caring and a natural nurse. But she couldn’t rescue her mother from her demons or herself from her mother.
Christine Longridge had her first psychotic break 20 years ago after the birth of her son. She became convinced he was the Messiah. She was hospitalized, diagnosed with bipolar/schizoaffective disorder and prescribed a high dose of lithium. And as long as her husband, Erin, was alive, he made sure she took her medication.
(So it is the usual tragedy- nobody available to ENFORCE the taking of the drugs that keep the deluded patient on the straight and sane path!)
But when her husband died in December 2015, she was left with only her children, then 17 and 20, to care for her. She became erratic about taking her medication. She stopped washing. She started hiding socks full of meat behind the chesterfield.
On Oct. 30, 2016, neighbours called police, after finding her, screaming and paranoid, curled up on their deck.
Police could have called the mental health crisis team. They could have taken her to hospital. Instead, they called her teenaged son to fetch his mother.
Christine Longridge’s sister drove her to the ER later that night. But the hospital refused to admit her.
(So the cops did their duty under the LIE-beral law and left Mom in the care of her son- a “responsible adult” who knew what she needed but had no way of getting it for her!)
Days later, her children found their mother running around outside without shoes, in the snow. She was convinced their house was about to explode. Then, on Nov. 7, she tried to kill herself. This time, she was admitted to hospital, but only for a week. When she was released, her usual medications were changed. She was prescribed only half her usual dose of lithium.
(And why change the dosage? Did the shrink screw up? Or did he think it would be easier to get the woman to take her medication if the dosage was reduced? WE know these psychotropic drugs often have unpleasant side effects which is why mental patients often stop taking them- and end up in trouble!)
In the days before she killed her daughter, Christine Longridge became obsessed again with the belief that her son was the Messiah, that her daughter had to die to save him. She told people, repeatedly, that her daughter must die. No one seems to have taken her seriously. Perhaps they were in denial about just how sick she was.
(Or perhaps they were familiar with what a waste of time it was to seek help from the LIE-beral dominated legal system so they did what LIE-berals do- crossed their fingers and prayed nothing would go wrong!)
What a grotesque indictment of our broken, dysfunctional mental health system. In the weeks and months before she killed her child, Christine Longridge was floridly psychotic, delusional, paranoid and self-destructive. She was a clear danger to herself and others.
(And yet if a divorced husband walked into a store and told the clerk: “I want the biggest butcher knife in the place to kill my wife with- cops would arrive at high speed and a LIE-beral hug a thug judge would have the hubby in jail in no time!)
Yet she couldn’t get a long-term hospital bed. There doesn’t seem to have any effort to have social workers or psychiatric nurses follow up with the family after she was released. Instead, her two children were left to tend a manic, hallucinating psychiatric patient without any social or medical support.
(And if questioned- we know the excuses that would be made: senior social workers would have passed the buck- that the children of crazy Christine did not properly “advocate” for her! Or maybe the social workers would blame another level of govt for not supporting their spendthrift bosses and wasteful pals with adequate resources? With LIE-berals its always the fault of others!)
Christine Longridge could have been committed for long-term psychiatric care. But of course, we don’t have enough beds in the “system” for that. We closed them. Instead, we talk and talk about caring for people “in the community.” But mostly, there is no “community care” — we just dump catastrophically ill people on family members who have no resources to cope.
(Yes- LIE-berals think it is a violation of peoples rights to force them into mental health care where they can be stabilized and made safe! And LIE-berals have also set their priorities for us. Sun writer Christina Blizzard documented the ugly reality that the education budget is rising FIFTY PERCENT FASTER than the health care budget- under LIE-berals- in spite of there being steadily reduced numbers of kids in the system while the number of health care patients SOARS! I guess we know now where LIE-berals figure they can buy the most votes! LIE-berals seem to think it is easier- FOR THEM- to ignore mental health patients and let them get shot on the street by cops- or as in cases like this- they terrorize others!)
Perhaps if we’d found a bed for Christine Longridge then, she wouldn’t be locked up in the forensic unit at Alberta Hospital now.
(LIE-berals had a choice: to get Longridge a bed and force a cure onto her so she could be given a few months of treatment at moderate cost - and then go back to her private life without trouble. Or they could ignore her till she committed this terrible crime and will now need to be locked up for life- at huge cost long term cost. AS usual LIE-berals chose the selfish short term solution!)
And perhaps Rachael Longridge would have her young life ahead of her.
(Yes- IF LIE-berals took our health care seriously for a change! This is the cost of LIE-beral health care rationing- so they can funnel more gravy to their pals! )
Will there be a fatality inquiry into Rachael Longridge’s death? Alberta Justice won’t say — although department spokesman Dan Laville says people can write letters petitioning the Fatality Review Board to convene one.
(Yrs- write letters- LIE-berals LOVE to talk things over with us and then tell us what conclusions they reached- BEFORE we wrote a single letter!)
Alberta Health Services confirmed late Wednesday that it will conduct a review of the case.
The court Wednesday made the right decision. Christine Longridge received justice, properly tempered with mercy. But there will be no justice for her daughter unless we push to ask why the Longridge family was betrayed by a health-care system that was supposed to help them.