Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

People with mental illness need to tell their stories

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

I was always so worried about letting my supervisors know that I have a mental illness ["Mental illness does not mean your life is over," Opinion, Aug. 25]. I take medication and was worried about being judged. But now I realize that I didn’t have to be so self conscious. I am proud that I have received the help and medication needed to improve my daily life.

It is okay to tell people your story. I have depression associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. I have struggled for years. Now that I know how to take care of myself, I try to help others. I tell people that it is okay to reach out. If you don’t reach out, it will build inside you. It will become a rancid tumor infecting your whole body.

Connie Lee Stalcup, White Swan

Comments | Topics: mental health

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►