It was Suicide Prevention Day Thursday, September 10.
Yesterday My Niece Testified before a senate committee in Lansing Michigan to get a bill passed on mental health care in Michigan.The bill is a start.
Last year, in 2019 she lost her older brother Kevin Bingham, my nephew, https://misenate.viebit.com/vod/… She begins speaking for about 6 minutes at the 58 or 59:00 mark.
I am so Proud doesn’t of wonderful niece, Aimee Bingham Osinski, right now.
Our healthcare system is broken. We can, and have to, make it better. In my family
If not for my Nephews, for you or your loved ones!
I usually never post anything personal. Within in the last 3 years I have lost 2 of my nephews to suicide. Both struggled with debilitating mental illness mental illness .
Both were released from inpatient hospitals. They actually never wanted to be released. Knowing that their increasing mental health was degrading to the extent of losing their complete grasp of what was real. My nephews were extremely brilliant individuals, both graduated high school very, very early and one went to have his some of his beloved string theory mathematical work published.
Keven and I were only 11 months apart. We both would be celebrating our 50th birthday this year. I was born late in life. Coming from a family of five. My sister and mother were actually pregnant at the same time. When I was born I was already an aunt.
Kevin was born first, to my sister, and he was the kindest most loving child and grew up to the same as an adult. Actually both of my nephews had unusually caring hearts.
If they saw anyone struggling on the streets, they would hesitate to completely empty their pockets to anyone in need. This became a problem because it would leave them without food or rent money.
Bingham, Kevin Scott
Born January 3 1970 -Died October 12, 2019
Schizoaffective Disorder Cycles of severe symptoms are often followed by periods of improvement. Symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, depressed episodes, and manic periods of high energy.
On Saturday October 12, 2019, Kevin Scott Bingham lost his valiant 30 year battle with mental illness. While he was cared for by some incredible people, over the last thirty years there was a sharp, continuous downturn in availability and quality of care. He was repeatedly released from hospitals well before he was stable and ready to be on his own. Kevin was born January 3, 1970 in Belleville, Michigan. He was a 1988 graduate of Saline High School and he spent the last decade of his life living in Ann Arbor.
Kevin was more than the illness that robbed him of his life and robbed his family of a brother, son, and uncle. He graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Political Science. He attended The University of Minnesota’s graduate program in Social Anthropology and Wayne State University’s MBA program. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a lifelong learner and a lover of books. Kevin was also a world traveler, living in Denmark for a year, traveling to the UK several times and backpacking across Eastern Europe just after the fall of communism. He leaves behind friends all over the world. If anything can be taken from his death it should be that people with mental illness are human, they are loved, and they deserve quality care. They should not be tossed aside and left to suffer.
Anthony Wade McDavid
Born August 26, 1987 -Died June 10, 2017
Catatonic Schizophrenia, rare severe mental disorder characterized by striking motor behaviour, typically involving either significant reductions in voluntary movement or hyperactivity and agitation. In some cases, the patient may remain in a state of almost complete immobility, often assuming statuesque positions.
Anthony Wade McDavid died on June 10, 2017 on the day of his own choosing.
Anthony graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and Arts, LSU with a BS in Physics and attended University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in Theoretical Physics (his beloved String Theory). He went on to attend Duke University, but his mental illness became so debilitating that he wasn’t able to finish.
Anthony loved math and from an early age, in middle school surpassed most college professors in their mathematical abilities. At a young age he was classified genius.
Anthony graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and Arts, LSU and attended University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in theoretical physic
Anthony went on to show signs of Catatonic Schizophrenia, which starting to effect his day to day life. It was horrible to watch this decline. With our nations decline in mental health care, and the United States has actually Systematically closing mental hospitals across the nation. Where do these patients go? They are sadly released into the streets of society. I’m not sure that the average individual living in the United States actually knows this is taking place. My nephews were passive individuals, but slowly they started showing signs of lite aggression, and it then morphed in much more. They were repeatedly turned out way to early from inpatient care hospitals and would disappear.
April 3, 2012 ·
My feelings toward the novel Norwegian Wood (non-spoiler)
I want to tell you in a non-spoiler fashion what I like about Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. The first person is very introspective; Murakami wrote it as memoirs about the main character’s transition from late teenage years into early adulthood, focusing on the character’s closest relationships to people, the majority of which centered on those with females. The novel is an emotional vortex: happiness, hope, despair, lost, sadness, love, sexual desire, confusion, anger, etc. are all whirling together so seamlessly and rapidly throughout the novel. The characters’ philosophies are of import because they determine their compatibility, sometimes what they feel to be the basis of their actions, etc. Types of philosophies include those on life & death; whether one wants to be understood by everyone, anyone, a few select people, no one at all (apathetic to being understood in this case), etc.; how to value friendships and significant others; etc. The characters do not have to declare their philosophies outright; they can simply say how they feel about something during conversation. Murakami is terrific with atmosphere. He lays out what the characters hate; thought or notice of the scenery; or how they feel about things as specific as songs, haircuts, or clothes. The characters’ own happiness or that of those around them is the only world they are choosing to try to save. The characters are all broken emotionally in some fashion. He places a large significance on the ways in which they are, which is the plot of the book along with both their slices of life and relationships with each other. I feel that the driving force of the plot is simply time and necessity to wait. Time elapses and the characters either interact or are left to their own thoughts. The novel is amongst my four favorite that I have ever read. I feel that the first chapter is excellent and could suffice as short story.
LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — A bill that would require state watchdogs to investigate the sudden deaths of psychiatric patients shortly after being discharged from hospitals advanced to a senate committee today.
“Unless we start analyzing these deaths and analyzing the data, we will be making policy in the dark,” said Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, who introduced the bill earlier this year.
“We need to do something to make sure these horrible situations don’t go ignored and continue to repeat themselves.”
The bill would require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, to investigate patient deaths occurring within 48 hours of release from a state licensed psychiatric hospital where the cause of death is listed as suicide or unknown.
“Unknown causes of death should be rare, not the norm,” Ananich said.
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Currently, virtually no psychiatric patient deaths reported to LARA receive any investigation. Of 151 reported since 2016, only 2 received any sort of review.
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A LARA spokesman says the department says it is only empowered to investigate deaths that occur in restraints, though mental health advocacy groups dispute that.
Today marked the first day of testimony for senate bill 813, referred to the Health Policy and Human Services Committee chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington.
In addition to Ananich, two women whose relatives took their lives only hours after a hospital released them testified in support of the bill.
“This bill is going to be crucial to getting the information we need to stop families from having to go through this,” said Michelle Burt, whose 15-year-old son Johnathan took his life after being released from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids.
“It’s been nine months, and I still have no answers,” she said.
As 7 Action News first reported in August, her son’s thirteen day stay at Pine Rest was marked by repeated promises to hurt himself upon release. In fact, during each of his final six full-days at the hospital, Johnathan told staff he would take his life after being discharged.
But on November 5, the first day he did not express suicidal ideation, he was released.
“We were home five hours before my son, at 15, put a (gun) to his head and pulled the trigger,” Burt said.
His death was reported to LARA, but never investigated.
Also testifying in support of the bill was Aimee Bingham Osinski. The night before her brother Kevin died, he had been released from a hospital emergency room.
“Ten hours later, he gave away his shoes to someone who needed them, put his organ donor card in his pocket and jumped off his balcony,” she said through tears.
“He was everything you’d want in this world. And he deserved better.”
The bill currently has the support of both parties, but it is unclear when or if it will be voted out of committee.