Re: “‘Boarding’ the mentally ill” (TNT, 7-15).
As both a citizen and professional in the mental health field, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to The News Tribune for publishing this special report.
People with mental illness continue to suffer from heavy systemic discrimination, and directly or indirectly, all of us bear a heavy cost emotionally and financially as a result. Tragically, many lives also have been lost.
I commend The News Tribune for the courage and commitment to educate the public about the dismal and immoral lack of adequate services toward people with this brain disease.
I strongly encourage all caring people to begin or continue to educate yourself about the science, treatment and recovery aspects of this illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a wonderful and dedicated organization for this purpose; in Pierce County, we have a chapter of NAMI where one can obtain information and/or support.