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Letter to the Editor: Mental Health

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This post is one that is very personal to me, in that I am posting a letter I wrote to the editor of the Warren Times-Observer in response to this linked article I had read on their site.

The letter is one that tries to shine a positive light on the mental health community, while also touching on a prominent myth about people with mental health issues. I also share a story about a personal encounter I had while shopping to help show how the myth impacts the mental health community.

Peace be with all who read my letter!

Jenn

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“Gun Violence: Is Obama Right to Cite Mental Illness?”

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This January 17, 2016, Newsweek article By Paul Appelbaum and Jeffrey Lieberman, talks about the reasons that connecting mental health reform to gun reform is a bad idea.

“Lets Talk About It. Mental Illness”

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This May 12, 2015 video uploaded by the GlarnerGroup, talks about why words matter when not only discussing mental illnesses, but also when talking to or about those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

“Community Art Project Recycles Old Shoes to ‘Stomp Out’ Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness”

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This January 14, 2015 StateCollege.com article talks about a project involving recycled sneakers that came about after the artist lost a sister to suicide. The artist hopes to make these “Stompers” to work towards stomping out the stigma surrounding mental illness.

“Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most”

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This January 16, 2015 Gant Daily article talks about people who are sharing their lived experience with mental illness and doing what they can to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

“Herschel Walker continues advocacy to reduce mental health stigma”

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This June 13, 2014 article on the Florida Times-Union website talks about former NFL player Herschel Walker’s efforts to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Da...

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Day 2004, sponsored by Congressman John E. Peterson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mental illness stigmas still an issue”

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This April 25, 2014 Insurance.net article talks about stigma surrounding mental illness and offers examples of not only how the media perpetuates these stigmas, but offers some examples of things that are seen as root causes of stigma and how they can be changed for the better

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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