Dr. Jimenez’ statement on the eve of Fathers’ day weekend 2016:
Every year, millions of parents and children in America are negatively affected by “family” courts and the Departments of Children and Families (DCF) all across this nation, government institutions that actively participate in custody interference for profit at a massive scale. As a family physician who deals with children, and adults on a daily basis, I am very concerned because I believe that these federal incentives are being misused to cause great harm to the American family, actually leading to a mental health crisis of pandemic proportions.
Every 3 minute that passes a youth in America is attempting suicide, and 1 of them actually dies in the attempt every 2 hours. Nearly 2 out of 3 of these suicides are associated with these federal incentives, misused to intentionally interfere with the custody of children for profit. Custodial interference in the past year is associated with an increased risk for suicidal ideation of up 4.5 times the norm, a 350% increase vs children without this history. Making custodial interference, a.k.a. Parental Alienation, one of the most important preventable factors to decrease suicides in our youths. “Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2013 CDC WISQARS). More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.”
A similar picture presents with our veterans, who are committing suicide at an incredibly alarming rate of almost 1 suicide every hour. Some studies estimate that anywhere between 1 to 2 of every 3 of these suicides are associated with custodial interference which are motivated by these financial Federal incentives. According to the USA Today, “suicide surpassed war as the military’s leading cause of death…suicide outranked war, cancer, heart disease, homicide, transportation accidents and other causes as the leading killer, accounting for about three in 10 military deaths” in 2013 and 2014.
This is a totally preventable mental health crisis, which is costing Americans at least $444 billion a year, and which is the 4th top cause of death among 10 to 54 years old in America as of 2016.
Four professionals, on the eve of Fathers’ day, make a call to all citizens in this country to unite with us to save our children, our veterans, and our nation by calling for a repeal of all Federal incentives used to interfere with the custody of our children, and defend our Constitutionally protected Parental Rights to freely enjoy and love our children, and families.
Mario Jimenez, M.D.
More information: http://www.votefamily.us/youth-veteran-suicide-connection-family-courts/