WHEREAS, medical knowledge has developed to the degree that many of the
mentally ill could, with proper individual care, be returned to live useful
lives in society;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the churches and fellowships of the Unitarian
Universalist Association study their own communities to determine whether
facilities and budgets are adequate for the care of mental patients within their
own communities, such facilities to include psychiatric units in general
hospitals, "half-way houses" for discharged mental patients, vocational and
counseling services, and special classes in the public school system for
emotionally disturbed and mentally retarded children;
BE IT RESOLVED: That member churches and fellowships strive to inform
themselves in this field in order to give compassionate understanding towards
the mentally ill as family, friends, or employers and to assist through direct
volunteer service in appropriate places; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That Unitarians and Universalists accept positions of
leadership in their communities where they can influence public opinion and
government agencies so that the financial and medical needs of the mentally ill
may be met.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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