Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

January 27, 2014

Va. senator recalls son’s attack, mental illness

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia state senator who was attacked by his son before he killed himself says the stigma attached to mental health issues leaves the mentally ill to “struggle in silence.”

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds appeared Monday on “CBS This Morning” to discuss his difficulty in getting his son Austin “Gus” Deeds treatment before the Nov. 19 knife attack at their isolated Bath County homestead. Deeds said his 24-year-old son’s mental illness began to manifest itself after he had turned 18.

Deeds said he and his wife struggled to get the most basic information about his mental illness.

Gus Deeds attacked his father less than one day after he was released from emergency custody. Virginia law does not allow people to be held against their will longer than six hours.

 

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