The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in detained youth is greater in comparison to the counterparts in the community (60–70% versus 20–25%). Youth who are detained have increased rates of psychiatric co-morbidity; ethnic and gender differences have been identified There are higher rates of psychosis, anxiety, antisocial personality disorder, suicide attempts, alcohol dependence, and drug dependence in young adult gang members in comparison to violent and non-violent men; however, both gang members and violent men had a lower prevalence of depression.
Youth gang members as a whole display a greater level of anti-authority than either peripheral youth or non-gang members. Gang-affiliated youth are often outside the bounds of the traditional mental health services and have particular needs. Because of the increased risk to exposure to violence, these youth have increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
There are high levels of mental health disorders within the juvenile detention population as a whole, estimated to affect between 40–70%, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.
Making situations even dicier, standard policing techniques can backfire when used in interactions with people with mental illness. Pointing a gun at a suspect or yelling can be “like pouring gasoline on a fire when you do that with the mentally ill,” Ron Honberg, policy director with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told The Washington Post.
Quinzell Covington went on a shooting “caper” for the first time in the late 1990s with his cousins and friends. The tough guys who raised him in ways of the streets pulled the trigger that day. Afterward, over Chinese takeout, Covington tried to ingratiate himself with the crew by declaring that their victim got what he deserved.
He was about 13 years old. Growing up, he knew it was wrong to shoot a man. Still, Covington said, he didn’t feel remorse. What he did feel was that his crew had newfound respect for him.
By 15, he was the one doing the shooting. Over the next dozen years, Covington learned to do it well. He used 9 mm guns that held 16 bullets and Mac-10 submachine guns. He lured victims to his turf, where he could scout for witnesses and surveillance cameras, in what he called his “Miranda check” — a macabre reference to the right to remain silent.
He also knew where to aim.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Shoot to Kill: Why Baltimore is one of the most lethal cities in the U.S. Source: Baltimore Sun
I love to encourage people to help me or to inspire them to go for their goals.
Just actively do something positive for your community and get beyond the ‘dreaming’-stage. If you know a single mother in the neighborhood that is struggling and it is the end of the month. Bring her a bag of groceries. If you know she has a baby, bring a pack of diapers, too.
Or just plant flowers in your front yard. Make it an event for the whole neighborhood on a Saturday. Planting first and after that y’all come together for a BBQ or something.
No guns – just fun!
An event like that, not only makes the neighborhood look better, more friendly and peaceful. It also has an effect on you. It is not just planting flowers. You are doing something positive for yourself, too. And coming together and getting to know each other helps building trust in the neighborhood.
Of course, there will always be some fools around who don’t or do not want to understand that message but for the majority of the people in the neighborhood those little things could make the difference. This is what I want to collect money for. It’s called healing the hood from the inside out. If people don’t have the money for things like that –it’s not gonna happen.
But if they would receive money from a nonprofit organization, I’m convinced that many people would be with it and participate.
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