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