- Harold A. Maio
- May 17, 2011 - 13:06
Stella Burry Foundation executive director Jocelyn Greene says inadequate housing remains a major challenge for "people living with a mental illness." I think I know what you are trying to communicate, but the above is fallacious, the vast majority of those of us dealing with illnesses have no such problem. You are fully aware of that, it is your language that errs. We earn from the millions to far less, occupy every professional blue and white collar job there is, including the highest paying: Illnesses do not discriminate on any basis. Please address the issue above accurately, you are referencing a specific group, you employ a broadside. Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
- Herb Morrison
- May 17, 2011 - 09:26
In recently – published articles and editorials, The Telegram has highlighted the plight of persons who, in their attempts to deal with mental health issues, are not having their individual need for effective treatment and other forms of support adequately addressed. While there are other factors involved in creating this situation, the social stigma attached to any form of mental illness plays a significant role in the creating of a situation where persons dealing with mental health issues, have been relegated to the fringes of the society in which they live. Tragically, in the case of persons like Tony Power, you have a situation where a person is not simply relegated to the fringes of our society, but is pushed over the edge. One point that I wish to make is that, as a society, we have a nasty practice of marginalizing people. People are pushed to the fringes of society because they suffer from mental health issues. People are marginalized because they are forced to live in poverty, because of their race, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age and the list goes on and on. When people who are marginalized react by speaking out against the injustice being inflicted on them their voices go unheard, their cries for help, as well as their pleas for just treatment, continue to be are ignored by those who could help to alleviate their situation. When a person, or group of people who has been marginalized, reacts to their situation by harming themselves or someone else, we as a society accept no responsibility for any part we might have played in contributing to the situation or possibly preventing it from happening. Until we as a society are prepared to set aside the prejudices, fears, and self-interest, which result in persons being treated unjustly, the pain and suffering, which is so prevalent in the world around us will continue.