Sen. Creigh Deeds of Virginia understands the importance of mental health care better than most.
In the midst of a mental health crisis, he was stabbed by his son Gus 13 times on Nov. 19, 2013, before Gus shot himself and died by suicide. Deeds survived the attack, dumbfounded by what happened.
The day before the incident, a judge had issued an emergency custody order to place Gus in a mental health facility. But due to a bed shortage, he was released after just six hours.