- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Reply to ‘Needed: Change in attitude toward the mentally ill’
Editor’s note: The following is in response to the May 7-13, 2014, Letter to the Editor, “Needed: Change in attitude toward the mentally ill.”
The first change in attitude has to be to stop referencing us as a “the.” We earn to the millions, hold every university degreee and every professional, white, and blue collar job. Know us fully.
The next change has to be ending the negatives with which this aticle began. They do not help.
The mentally ill are out of the institutions that would have confined them 300 years ago. It is in the public’s interest to learn about the mentally ill and perhapps to help them.
We are a very broad demographic; few of us will ever see the inside of an institution. Know us fully.
Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor
Ft. Myers, Fla.
From the May 21-27, 2014, issue