In this guest column by UTMB’s Dr. Victor S. Sierpina: As we all consider the year ahead and pray for peace on earth and good will to men, one important step we can take is to work at whatever level we can to improve the care of the mentally ill. Our mental health system is truly dysfunctional and unless we fix it, no amount of gun laws, school security, police presence or metal detectors in schools and public gathering places will solve this epidemic with its chilling, deadly effects.