I can’t begin to tell you how many friends turned away from me when I tried to tell them of my struggles [“Mental illness does not mean your life is over,” Opinion, Aug. 18.] My family refused to discuss it at all. If people could shift from “mental illness is automatically scary” to “mental patients are never boring,” that alone would help.
I’ve never even come close to being violent but expressing emotion is only safe for the completely sane in society’s eyes. People are fine with that emotional expression until they learn of underlying mental illness. Then it’s “Oops! Gotta go!”
We’re interesting people and worth getting to know. Almost always if anyone gets hurt, it’s us, not you.
Amy Larson, Gig Harbor