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Thank you for printing the story of Lisa Tucker and her family as they deal with her and her husband’s attempts to receive acceptable care in his struggle to regain mental stability.

Thank you, also, for the following Monday’s paper featuring Darren Fancey’s account of his lengthy journey to balance his mental health.

I think that North America is crawling along in understanding the inseparable connection between mental and physical health and how to best develop and deliver care. Our province seems to be inching its way along more slowly than the others.

More general education is needed: not just to the public at large but within our school systems.

More media attention is needed and I’m grateful to The Telegram for the space you’ve provided in your paper.

Like Mr. Fancey, my own struggle with depression and anxiety has been a long one; like him, I am finally developing a tool kit of methods to cope and to build on, and like him, I am familiar with our health-care system’s history of focus on crisis mode only. Thankfully, this gap in our provincial approach to mental health care is slowly changing.

I am deeply touched by Lisa and Harris Tucker and Mr. Fancey’s courage and strength. It has inspired me. I thank them very much.

Wanda Gregory

St. John’s

Geographic location: North America

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  • DJ Fancey
    December 19, 2013 - 11:11

    Wanda I am glad you were able to draw something good from these articles. I agree with you wholeheartedly that more general education is needed. I think in some way that the approach to bullying is undercutting the real issue. That a child can be left to feel hopeless and have their inner power diminished by another is more directly the point and perhaps that should be the focus.