Letters to the Editor

Bridge deaths point out stigma about mental health

I feel sad for all involved with the person who jumped off the bridge recently. Mental illness is real and has a stigma that needs to be wiped out.

We look at people with mental illness as less-then. We wouldn’t blame a cancer patient for having cancer. Yet we blame the mentally ill. If we can just end the stigma, maybe one family reaches out for help and it saves a life.

The cliches don’t work, such as “just be happy.” This one I despise. The person with mental illness does not have the brain chemistry to understand “just be happy.” We need to accept mental illness and let go of our old ideas. We need to recognize that mental illness is real and recovery is possible.

Ask yourself what can I do to help? God bless the family.

Tracy Sorrell

Olympia

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