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  • Herb Morrison
    October 09, 2013 - 11:41

    Speaking from the perspective of an individual who waged an eventually successful battle against the effects of mental illness; clinical depression to be precise, I find Ms. Muzychka’s column to be offensive. Firstly, I am a reasonably intelligent well-educated individual. I have earned academic credits at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a Diploma in Theology and Ministry from Queens College (2001), a B.A. with a major in Religious Studies from MUN (2006) and a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from the Atlantic School of Theology (2010). I am quite capable of expressing myself and speaking for myself. As far as my history of mental is concerned, I find the well-intentioned writings such as this column to be offensive because there is the implication that persons; who either have suffered from some form of mental illness or are suffering from some form of mental illness; are incapable of effectively representing our own interests. Such a portrayal of those with a history of mental illness does more to nurture the negative public perception of either mental illness or those who have a history of mental illness, and little to promote any kind of a positive image, in the public eye of either mental illness or those of us who have a history of mental illness. As long as we are on the subject of what nurtures negative, misleading, and disrespectful attitudes towards mental illness, it could be legitimately argued that, as well-intentioned as this article might be intended to be, the implication that those of us who, have suffered from, or are suffering from some form of mental illness, are incapable of speaking for ourselves, regarding the illness only contributes to the stigma attached to persons who have a history of mental illness .

  • Herb Morrison
    October 08, 2013 - 08:16

    Speaking from the perspective of an individual who waged an eventually successful battle against the effects of mental illness; clinical depression to be precise, I find Ms. Muzychka’s column to be offensive. Firstly, I am a reasonably intelligent well-educated individual. I have earned academic credits at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a Diploma in Theology and Ministry from Queens College (2001), a B.A. with a major in Religious Studies from MUN (2006) and a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from the Atlantic School of Theology (2010). I am quite capable of expressing myself and speaking for myself. As far as my history of mental is concerned, I find the well-intentioned writings such as this column to be offensive because there is the implication that persons; who either have suffered from some form of mental illness or are suffering from some form of mental illness; are incapable of effectively representing our own interests. Such a portrayal of those with a history of mental illness does more to nurture the negative public perception of either mental illness or those who have a history of mental illness, and little to promote any kind of a positive image, in the public eye, of either mental illness or those of us who have a history of mental illness.