Mental Health Workers Are Not Getting Masks: I Know Because It’s Happening In My Family

(4-6-20) Why are mental health workers going without protective equipment?

Two of my adult children work in the mental health profession. Although they are utilizing tele-medicine, clients still need help getting groceries and their prescriptions. They need to be taken to doctor appointments. Those in crisis still need to be seen.

My wife, Patti, has hired a neighbor to make masks for both of them that should be ready tomorrow. She’s also managed to secure a few paper ones.

The reporter in me is wondering how this is possible? How can we expect our mental health workers to do their jobs without personal protective equipment?

The father in me is outraged that my adult children are potentially putting their lives at risk.

I suspect that what my adult children are experiencing is not unique. If you work in a jail, prison, with the homeless or with the mentally ill, please tell me on my Facebook page if you are getting the protective gear that you need to do your jobs.

Meanwhile, thank you for your continued service to those who need your help.

God bless you. Stay safe.

About the author:

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

Learn more about Pete.