Reblog: Rahm screams at mental health activists, “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME!”


A lot of us have been ready for a new mayor for a while. This sounds like it was a super shitty situation for all involved. The thing that really scares me about this is that we can make so much progress over time while working with a mental health professional who gets to know us and gets to know our issues intimately enough to alleviate them. If you take away someone’s therapist, you’re making that person start at square one, and much of the progress they made will be stalled while they waste time, money and energy getting in sync with a new therapist. Our city’s mental health resources are pretty austere as it is, so, once you find the right person to treat you – which can be challenging for anyone anywhere – having that person taken away from you can totally wreck your shit and have tragic consequences. Rahm’s leadership is garbage. Thanks for the post, Fred! -LB

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:

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Photo montage of Rahm at Wicker Park incident: Kenzo Shibata.

– By Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle as posted on the Mental Health Movement’s Facebook page.

Mental Health Movement members Debbie Delgado and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle just confronted Rahm face-to-face about his mental health clinic closures. Rahm was about to address a small room of developers and residents at the Wicker Park field-house. 3 years after he closed half of Chicago’s public mental health clinics, he may have thought the issue had gone away. But then Debbie, sitting in the front row, a few feet from the mayor, stood up to tell her story. She told of losing her son to gun violence.

She told him how her other son was holding him as he died. She told about how the city’s Northwest Mental Health Clinic in Logan Square saved their lives, helped her and her son deal with the PTSD and depression.


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