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March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Mental health care: Have a frank discussion on the issue

It’s past time to bring treating mental health out of the closet. Not far removed from most of us are family members, neighbors and fellow Americans whose health needs are shunned — hidden because of our ignorance and shame. As with any disability, its presence must first be recognized.

Abe Bergman draws attention to the essential absence of “the lack of will” in the campaign to provide essential treatment facilities [“Finding the will to treat people with mental illness,” Opinion, March 12].

To create “will” requires frank discussions about the presence of unhealthy people among us. It requires us to honestly accept the reality that some of us suffer, due to no fault of anyone, but that adequate care can and should be available.

The human fabric of our being gets rewoven with each and every one whose potential contributions is made healthier. We owe ourselves and those who suffer with mental-health conditions an open clearing of our visions of healthy communities.

It’s time for a release from the silence of fear and shame — a clearing and expanding of our personal visions. Recreating our mental-health attitudes begins the process and then we can remedy the situation of public will for providing needed treatment and facilities.

I recommend each of us continues this conversation in order to open that closet door.

Nancy Curtiss, Olympia

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