President Bush's call for a kinder, gentler nation does not go far enough, said Bartell Cardon, director of Bear River Mental Health Center director, because "there must also be knowledge and understanding if the nation's mental health needs are to be better served."
Cardon spoke at a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Cache County Courthouse Thursday night. The vigil was sponsored by the Cache Valley Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill as an observance of Mental-Illness Awareness Week.Cardon told about 40 mental health clients and their families and others that it may not be a compassionate act to quickly pick up a child struck by a car.
"The act could result in the child not being able to walk for the rest of his life, if a broken back is involved," he said. "In the same way, just being kind to a person with symptoms of mental illness does not help as much as getting the person professional attention."