Letters: Violence related with schizophrenia is a therapy challenge

‘Until the provincial govt will take remarkable motion to handle this shortfall, the mentally sick — and their families — will go on to fork out the value.’


Moirin Webster was her son Kevin’s most effective advocate. She realized that schizophrenia is a condition of the mind. In a 2019 letter to Kevin’s caregivers at Sumac Area, she warned that if he had been remaining untreated he was a danger to some others. 

About a 12 months afterwards, Moirin was dead, killed by her son when he was in a psychotic state. Most men and women with schizophrenia and psychotic issues are not violent and are a lot more possible to be the victims than the perpetrators of violence. But at times violence does occur and it’s these incidents that make the news. The activities that precipitate these violent outbursts rarely get the exact same notice. 

It is crucial to realize that violence connected with schizophrenia is a treatment situation. Kevin Webster was stated to have persistent delusions and did not answer effectively to anti-psychotic remedies. Two days right before he killed his mother, Kevin sought therapy at Sechelt hospital but was denied admission mainly because he could not demonstrate why he was there. 

Acquiring an successful anti-psychotic treatment to deal with the “positive” signs of the illness (delusions and hallucinations) is essential, but men and women locked into psychosis demand considerably far more. B.C. does not have more than enough psychiatric hospital beds to maintain people today very long adequate to sufficiently assess their requires, a lot fewer to provide ongoing treatment method. 

Until eventually the provincial authorities takes extraordinary action to tackle this shortfall, the mentally ill — and their families — will go on to pay back the rate. 

Everyone shaken by this tragic story can honour Moirin Webster’s memory by studying about mental ailment, and by demanding our politicians end their neglect of some of the most vulnerable associates of our community. 

To understand additional, go to https://www.bcss.org/ or e-mail bcsssunshinecoast@gmail.com. 

Donna Motzer 

President, Board of Directors 

BC Schizophrenia Society, 

Sunshine Coastline Branch