Don’t stigmatize of mental illness


Re the June 21 Other Views article Mental health: Busting stigma, shame, stereotypes: There’s no reason to read beyond your headline. I do not assign stigmas, nor hollowly repeat them. History has taught me that. I experience no shame for having a mental illness, and I assuredly don’t stereotype people who do. We are as broad a demographic as any.

According to Dr. √Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, 90 percent of suicides are related to a serious mental illness. This statement is false as there are myriad causes to suicide, no one prevails. Let’s openly discuss mental health and open the door to additional treatment by keeping mental illness out of the shadows. As I surf the net each day for mental-health news, I’m amazed at the coverage, sensitivity and accuracy.

Harold A. Maio, Fort Myers

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